Posted on April 01, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Norwegian heavy lift carrier, Hawk collided with several ships including the United States destroyer USS Delbert D. Black, in the morning of March 29th.
The heavy-lift ship had been transporting a floating dry dock when it arrived at the Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard in Pascagoula.
The collision occurred at approximately 10:13 am, when Hawk, which was being towed into the shipyard by a number of tugs, collided with a nearby test barge, that had been supporting the navy newbuild Destroyer with electrical work at the time.
As a result of the collision, the barge was pushed against the destroyer’s hull, causing significant damage to all vessels involved in the incident.
The destroyer suffered a hull breach as a result of the impact and started experiencing water ingress.
Currently, we don’t know the extent of the damage to the dry dock or the barge.
“There was some water intrusion into the ship, and that damage is currently being assessed and repaired. 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,” said a Naval Sea Systems Command spokeswoman, in a statement to USNI News.
Thankfully, there were no major incidents reported. An investigation has been opened into the incident so as to determine the cause behind the collision.
The USS Delbert D. Black is an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer that was christened back in September 2017 and was expected to enter service later this year.