Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The USS Fitzgerald, heavily damaged in a deadly crash this summer, sustained damage again while it was being prepared for transportation from Japan to the United States, the U.S. Navy said.
The Navy's 7th Fleet said the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer sustained two punctures in its hull while it was being loaded aboard a heavy lift transport vessel, the Transshelf, on Sunday. The Fitzgerald returned to the Navy's port in Yokosuka, Japan. The Transshelf was preparing to transport it to Pascagoula, Miss., for repairs.
"In the months prior to her departure from Yokosuka, technicians and shipbuilders at Ship Repair Facility Yokosuka made significant progress in preparing the ship for the journey, including dewatering, defueling, hull and superstructure repairs, and placing key systems in layup maintenance," the Navy said in a statement.
The Navy expects the additional damage will delay the USS Fitzgerald's transport by a "few days."