Seventeen months after it was involved in a collision with another ship that took the lives of 10 sailors, the destroyer John S. McCain was launched from dry dock Nov. 17. The ship had been undergoing repairs since February at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, to the damage it sustained.
Besides getting a fully restored hull, a new port thrust shaft, and new berthing spaces, McCain also received maintenance work that had been deferred. The Navy also reiterated Pacific Fleet’s commitment to implement “a new force generation model to protect maintenance, training, and certification requirements prior to operational tasking for ships forward-deployed to Japan, like John S. McCain.”
The ship is stationed at Yokosuka, as part of the U.S. 7thFleet. Repairs are expected to be fully completed by late next year.