USS Fitzgerald leaves drydock 18 months after deadly collision

A U.S. Navy destroyer, USS Fitzgerald,  is afloat again as an overhaul continues following a 2017 collision off Japan that killed seven sailors.

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command says the USS Fitzgerald launched out of a dry dock Tuesday at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Fitzgerald moored alongside a pier for work that Rear Adm. Jim Downey says will now include testing and outfitting.

The Fitzgerald arrived in Pascagoula in January 2018 after a collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship caved in parts of the warship above and below the waterline.