Ingalls Shipbuilding will repair Fitzgerald HVAC system among other items

By Lee Hudson / November 28, 2017 at 4:41 PM

The Navy revealed today the damaged destroyer Fitzgerald (DDG-62) needs its heating, ventilation and air conditioning system repaired among other items following a collision with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel in June.

The service outlines in the special notice the repair, restoration and modernization work for the Fitz includes extended dock selected restricted availability (EDSRA) maintenance and EDSRA modernization and additional collision repair items.

"[Huntington Ingalls Industries] is the only responsible source capable of providing the required supplies/services within the required timeframe," according to the notice.

In August, the Navy announced Ingalls Shipbuilding would get a contract to repair the Fitzgerald. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works built the Fitz and the ship was commissioned in 1995. Ingalls is the only other shipbuilder besides BIW that builds guided-missile destroyers.

The Senate Appropriations Committee chairman's mark sets aside $673 million to "restore operational readiness" of the Fitz and John S. McCain (DDG-56). Both vessels were damaged in collisions this year in U.S. 7th Fleet.