The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) is loaded on heavy lift transport MV Treasure, October 6, 2017. U.S. Navy Photo
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has been loaded onto the heavy lift transport MV Treasure for its transport to Fleet Activities Yokosuka for repairs following its collision with a merchant tanker off Singapore in August.
The lift took place at sea in the waters off Singapore on October 6.
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer departed Changi Naval Base in Singapore for the first time last week since the collision.
Here’s a timelapse of the heavy-lift taken from the MV Treasure.
In recent weeks, John S. McCain crew members, technicians and divers have prepared the ship for the journey by conducting damage assessments and placing key systems in layup maintenance. A patch was also installed over damaged sections of the hull to restore watertight integrity.
The John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on August 21, resulting in the deaths of 10 sailors. The destroyer arrived at Changi Naval Base later that same day.
An investigation is underway to determine the facts and circumstances of the collision.
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