Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding Division is being awarded a contract modification for the execution of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) emergent repair and restoration.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract modification, worth around $57 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) located in Washington, District of Columbia.
This effort shall provide for the additional collision repairs as well as maintenance and modernization. The contract work will be performed in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by January 2020.
USS Fitzgerald, the U.S Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, was involved in a collision with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal on June 17 last year. Seven Sailors lost their lives and the ship was damaged on her starboard side above and below the waterline. The Navy released a comprehensive review of the incident on Nov. 1.
The vessel is currently docked at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She arrived in Pascagoula on Jan. 19 this year, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf inward bound from Yokosuka, Japan.
Work on the ship is expected to occur on a land level facility throughout 2018 and one to two quarters of 2019, followed by an extensive test and trials period to ensure all systems and spaces are restored to full functionality and operational capability. The entire restoration and modernization effort is expected to complete approximately 24-months post work commencement on the ship.