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File- In this July 11, 2017, file photo provided by U.S. Navy Office of Information, the Valiant-class yard tugboat Menominee (YT 807) assists the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) as it moves to Dry Dock 4 at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka, Japan, to continue repairs and assess damage sustained from its June 17, 2017, collision with a merchant vessel. The destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors is expected to arrive at a Mississippi shipyard Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula announced the ship’s arrival Thursday. A spokeswoman says the Navy won’t discuss the ship until it arrives. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/U.S. Navy photo via AP, File)

Welcome set for damaged Navy ship as it arrives for repairs

Mississippi residents are being encouraged to come out and wave flags as a damaged U.S. Navy destroyer arrives for repairs.

The USS Fitzgerald, damaged in a June collision off Japan that killed seven sailors, is scheduled to arrive Friday morning in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The ship will be repaired at Ingalls Shipbuilding, one of the largest American naval shipyards. The unit of Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries announced the Fitzgerald’s approach Thursday.

The Fitzgerald’s arrival comes after the Navy announced Tuesday that it’s seeking negligent homicide charges against four officers of the Fitzgerald at the time of the collision, including the then-commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson.

The June 17 collision with a Philippine-flagged container ship caved in the ship above and below the waterline. Water gushed into berthing compartments, killing the sailors.

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