WASHINGTON (NNS) – The Navy intends to issue a task order on an existing contract, for the salvage patching and transport via heavy lift of USS John S McCain (DDG 56) from Changi Naval Base in Singapore to the U.S. Navy’s Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan.
It would have made good sense to use the same vessel to transport the JSM to Japan and the Fitz from there to GoM.
Since both are same design the cribbing arrangement could be reused for both, which would save time and money, especially if high cribbing is required.
The Transshelf is not near Singapore though: https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:367590/mmsi:306704000/imo:8512279/vessel:TRANSSHELF
But Dockwise have several vessels capable of transporting these destroyers.
The effort will be a modification of a contract between the Navy and SMIT Salvage, a NAVSEA spokeswoman told USNI News.
Smit Salvage is a part of Boskalis, as is Dockwise who has been appointed to transport the Fits.