The USS Fitzgerald is on the way to Pascagoula for repairs and Ingalls Shipbuilding is being awarded a $63 million contract modification for restoration of the ship along with a $50.6 million contract modification for the LPD-17 class Amphibious Transport Dock Ship program.
Both awards were announced Friday by the Department of Defense and totaled $104 million.
The Fitzgerald is expected to be in Pascagoula much of next year after it was heavily damaged in a collision with a container vessel off the coast of Japan in June. Seven crew members of about 300 aboard the Fitzgerald died.
The guided missile destroyer was damaged again in November, with two new punctures in the ship’s hull, while it was being loaded aboard a heavy-lift vessel for the trip to Pascagoula.
Ingalls Shipbuilding was chosen as the best shipyard to make the repairs. The $63 million cost-plus-fixed fee contract modification for the Fitzgerald covers removing the damaged portions of the ship and a combination of maintenance, modernization and collision repair. This portion of the work is expected to be completed by September.
Ingalls also is being awarded a $50,594,681 cost-plus-fixed fee modification to a previously awarded contract for the LPD-17 Amphibious Transport Dock Ship program.
According to the U.S. Navy, the LPDs are used to transport and land Marines, their equipment and supplies by a variety of methods, such as landing craft, amphibious assault vehicles, helicopters and vertical take-off aircraft.
The contract awarded to Ingalls exercises option year two for life cycle engineering and support services for planning, technical support, design services, research engineering and other services.
Under the contract, 96 percent of the work will be performed in Pascagoula and is expected to be completed by December 2018.
Ingalls Shipbuilding also christened five ships this year at the Pascagoula shipyard.