The USS Fitzgerald, a U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyer that was damaged when it collided with another vessel in June, was placed on a lift transport vessel Saturday off Yokosuka naval base as preparation to return to the United States for full-scale repairs.
The 8,315-ton destroyer had received urgent repairs at the base in Yokosuka.
After being fixed onto the transport vessel, the destroyer will be taken to the United States a few days later to receive full-scale repairs at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
The loading work began Friday. The 26,890-ton heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf submerged part of its hull, and after the Fitzgerald was maneuvered onto the Transshelf, the transport vessel rose and lifted the destroyer.
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The Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-registered container vessel off the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture. As a result of the accident, the right side of the destroyer's body was seriously damaged, and seven of its crew died.