Damaged Navy ship to arrive Friday at Mississippi shipyard

A U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors is expected to arrive at a Mississippi shipyard Friday.

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 2:35 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors is expected to arrive at a Mississippi shipyard Friday.

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula announced the ship's arrival Thursday. A spokeswoman says the Navy won't discuss the ship until it arrives.

The USS Fitzgerald was damaged in a June 17 collision with a container ship off Japan that killed seven sailors. Its hull was punctured twice more in November as it was loaded aboard a transport ship. The transport ship sailed Dec. 9.

Ingalls, a unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries, was chosen by the Navy to repair the ship in August and awarded an initial $63 million contract in December. Overall work, including modernization that had been scheduled for 2019, is expected to cost much more than that.

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