Barge damages destroyer at Ingalls Shipbuilding


(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — An Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyer was damaged when it was struck by a barge Friday at Ingalls Shipbuilding, USNI News reported.

Delbert Black (DDG 119) was pierside at the yard at the same time the heavy-lift ship M/V Hawk was arriving from Qingdao, China, to deliver a floating dry dock. While approaching, Hawk and the dry dock struck a testing barge alongside Delbert Black, according to the shipyard.

“The barge, which was supporting electrical work aboard the destroyer, in turn made contact with the destroyer,” Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said in a prepared statement. “There were minor injuries treated at the scene by Ingalls’ medical personnel. The incident remains under investigation.”

The destroyer was damaged as a result of the incident and took on water.

“There was some water intrusion into the ship, and that damage is currently being assessed and repaired,” a yard spokesman told USNI News on Saturday.

In a separate Saturday statement, a Naval Sea Systems Command spokeswoman told USNI News “the ship is stable and the Navy is working alongside HII to conduct further assessments and determine a repair plan. No significant injuries have been reported and all personnel have been accounted for.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff