Ingalls extends shipyard docking station for Navy's new destroyer
With the reactivation of its facility on the eastern bank of the Pascagoula River, Ingalls Shipbuilding expanded its operations in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The area had been decimated in August 2005 when the area was struck by Hurricane Katrina.
The shipyard has been running from its facilities on the river's west bank during the last 15 years.
187-acre east bank facility features covered building areas to improve safety and optimize ship assembly, expansive storage facilities and a fully restored pier where ships will dock upon return from sea trials.
Ingalls, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, marked the reopening of the facility with the arrival of Delbert D. Black, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer who was docking on the east bank at Pier Four. Transferred to the US Navy at the end of April 2020, it is delivered to the Navy by the 32 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Ingalls.
The Black will stay on the east bank until the scheduled sail-away date for the ship later this year. Four additional DDGs are currently under construction at the shipyard.
The project included the removal and recycling of more than 100,000 tons of concrete, which was used to construct an east bank road foundation, as well as the construction of interior and exterior lighting LED systems.
Ingalls said that many historical features of the original eastern bank facilities have been saved and incorporated into new property structures.
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