Washington (CNN)The USS Fitzgerald, a Navy destroyer that was damaged in June after a deadly collision with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan, suffered two punctures to its hull on Sunday while being loaded onto a transport ship destined for the US, according to the service.
“Fitzgerald returned to repair two punctures in her hull caused by the heavy lift vessel’s steel support structure during on load at anchorage,” the US Navy 7th Fleet said in a statement.
While Sunday’s incident is only expected to delay the Fitzgerald’s trip back to the US by only a few days, the timing is less than ideal for the US Navy as the service continues to deal with the fallout of a recent spate of issues involving the 7th Fleet.
Two US guided-missile destroyers, USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain, suffered collisions with merchant ships, leaving 17 US sailors dead and the two …