After more than two months aboard the heavy lift vessel MV Treasure, the USS John S. McCain arrived a U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka where it will undergo repairs following its collision with a tanker in August.
John S. McCain arrived in Tokyo Bay aboard heavy-lift transport vessel December 5, where it anchored as crews prepared for the offload.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer left Singapore for Yokosuka on October 5, but was diverted to Subic Bay, Philippines due to poor weather conditions and to repair cracks in the ship’s hull discovered after the ship departed Singapore. While at anchor in Subic Bay, technicians inspected the cracks and determined the ship needed additional blocks under it to support and distribute its weight on the heavy lift vessel. McCain left Subic Bay for the final stretch of its journey on November 28.
John S. McCain will be repaired by U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka before returning to service in U.S. Seventh Fleet.
McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. After the incident the ship pulled into Changi Naval Base, Singapore where McCain crew members, technicians and divers prepared the destroyer for her journey back to Japan by patching damaged sections of the hull and placing key systems in layup maintenance.
Here are some photos of the transport, offload and arrival pierside at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.
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