Fitzgerald Unveils Commemorative Flag

June 20, 2019 – On June 17, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) unveiled a commemorative flag honoring the Sailors who died in a collision in the Sea of Japan two years ago. Designed by current crewmembers, the flag memorializes their seven fallen shipmates. The flag is blue with “DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP” emblazoned above the names of the seven sailors. The motto is a common Navy phrase, but all Fitzgerald Sailors embodied that spirit on June 17, 2017 when they fought significant flooding and structural damage following the collision. The…

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Hometown Post Office Dedicated to USS Fitzgerald Sailor

March 24, 2019 – A dedication ceremony was held at the post office in the small town of Palmyra, Virginia, March 23, to honor one of the seven U.S. Navy Sailors who lost their lives aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) in the waters of Sagami Bay near the approaches to Tokyo Bay. Families, friends and citizens of Palmyra gathered outside of the city’s post office as it was renamed in tribute to Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, a Palmyra native. Born Sept. 12, 1997, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, Rigsby…

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US Navy Contract Announcements July 2, 2018

Performance Aircraft Services Inc., Grapevine, Texas, is awarded a $57,076,912 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the removal and replacement of sealant on fuel cells and aircraft surfaces, as well as on the internal surface of wing fuel tanks for up to 16 E-6B aircraft. In addition, this contract provides for the application of upgraded fuel cell sealant to achieve weight savings. Work will be performed in Waco, Texas (75 percent); and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (25 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2023. No funds are being obligated at…

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US Navy Contract Announcements April 12, 2018

Atlas Executive Consulting LLC,* Charleston, South Carolina, is being awarded a $76,032,204 single award, performance based, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for management and business analytical services to support the Business Intelligence Environment (BIE) at the Command, Competency, Department, Division and Integrated Product Team levels. Tasks will include performing advanced analysis of business and financial data, building and maintaining data universes, metrics, reports, assessments, data entry, document preparation, financial reviews, studies and surveys. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic’s BIE requires the use of command unique business tools, funds execution…

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Surface Warfare; Obtaining a Fix on Fleet NSS Skill Sets

Commander, Naval Surface Force (CNSF) and Surface Warfare Officer Schools (SWOS) Command continue to conduct officer of the deck (OOD) competency checks across fleet concentration areas. Conducted by SWOS, the competency checkpoints provide Vice Adm. Rich Brown, CNSF, data on how first-tour, qualified OODs perform in navigation, seamanship, and ship-handling, via written test and simulated at-sea scenarios. The checks began in San Diego and have been conducted in Norfolk, Virginia and Yokosuka, Japan. They are occurring this week in Sasebo, Japan. “This is an opportunity to take a running fix…

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USS Fitzgerald Arrives in Pascagoula for Restoration

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jan. 19, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf inward bound from Yokosuka, Japan. Fitzgerald is expected to spend several days in the Port of Pascagoula as the heavy lift ship will commence the reverse operation of unfastening, lowering and guiding the ship off the platform. The ship will then be taken to its designated pier space at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard. Due to the extent and complexity of the restoration, both repair and new construction procedures will be used to accomplish the…

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U.S. Navy Statement on USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain Consolidated Disposition Authority Accountability Actions

Below is a statement released January 16 by U.S. Navy Chief of Information (Acting), Capt. Greg Hicks on Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges preferred against individual service members in relation to the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) collisions: “On 30 October 2017, Admiral William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, designated Admiral Frank Caldwell as the Consolidated Disposition Authority to review the accountability actions taken to date in relation to USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) collisions…

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‘First Navy Jack’ Flies in Hawaii to Honor 17 Sailors Lost in Collisions

As sailors hoisted the colors here Jan. 1 to start out the new year, the “First Navy Jack” rose under Old Glory, as it will throughout 2018 in honor of the 17 sailors lost when the guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain collided with merchant ships in separate incidents last year. The First Navy Jack is a flag consisting of a rattlesnake superimposed across 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes with the motto, “Don’t Tread On Me.” Commodore Esek Hopkins first employed it in 1775…

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USS Fitzgerald departs Yokosuka for Mississippi

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed anchorage in Yokosuka Harbor Dec. 9, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf bound for Pascagoula, Mississippi. Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard for repairs and upgrades. Fitzgerald, which returned to Fleet Activities Yokosuka June 17, completed a series of preparations for on load to MV Transshelf, including dewatering, defueling, layup maintenance, hull and superstructure repairs. Departure from Yokosuka was delayed a few days due to damage that occurred during the onload process, which involved lowering MV Transshelf in the water, towing…

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USS Fitzgerald returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka aboard MV Transshelf

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) returned to Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka today aboard heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf. Fitzgerald returned to repair two punctures in her hull caused by the heavy lift vessel’s steel support structure during on load at anchorage. Repairs are expected to extend the on load process by a few days, after which Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi for further repairs and upgrades. Fitzgerald was towed to deep water to begin the heavy lift process Nov. 24. In the months prior…

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USS Fitzgerald departs Fleet Activities Yokosuka

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departed Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Nov. 24, to meet heavy lift transport vessel Transshelf and begin her journey to Pascagoula, Mississippi for further repairs. Fitzgerald was towed to deep water to begin the heavy lift process, which is expected to last several days. Transshelf will transport Fitzgerald to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipbuilding for repairs and upgrades. 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,…

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Navy Releases Collision Report for USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain Collisions

The Navy released Nov. 1, a report detailing the events and actions that led to the collision of USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan June 17, and the collision of USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21. “Both of these accidents were preventable and the respective investigations found multiple failures by watch standers that contributed to the incidents,” said Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson. “We must do better.” “We are a Navy that learns from…

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USS Fitzgerald Sailors Honored for Damage Control Efforts Following Collision

Thirty-six Sailors, who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), were recognized at a ceremony Oct. 20. Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to 36 members of the Fitzgerald crew and a Flag Letter of Commendation to the ship’s two ombudsmen for their support to families. The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or…

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USS Fitzgerald to Change Homeport to Pascagoula

The Navy announced Sept. 22 that the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) will be changing homeport from Yokosuka, Japan to Pascagoula, Mississippi effective Dec. 15 in support of repairs following the collision with Merchant Vessel ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan on June 17. The Navy previously announced that it intends to award a contract initiating the restoration of USS Fitzgerald at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, before the end of the fiscal year. The start date, scope, cost and the time required to fully restore…

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Navy Provides Details of Comprehensive Review

In a memorandum dated Aug. 24, 2017, to Adm. Philip Davidson, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. William Moran, detailed Davidson’s responsibilities as the head of the chief of naval operations directed comprehensive review. “During the last 69 days, the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were involved in two separate major collisions with commercial vessels while operating in the Seventh Fleet AOR [area of responsibility],” stated Moran in the memorandum. “Recent events indicate these tragic incidents are not…

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