The USS Fitzgerald is seen on a U.S. lift transport vessel off Yokosuka,Japan, on Saturday. Japan News-Yomiuri

The USS Fitzgerald, a U.S. Arleigh Burke destroyer that was damaged when it collided with another vessel in June, was placed on a lift transport vessel Saturday off Yokosuka naval base as preparation to return to the United States for full-scale repairs.

The 8,315-ton destroyer had received urgent repairs at the base in Yokosuka.

After being fixed onto the transport vessel, the destroyer will be taken to the United States a few days later to receive full-scale repairs at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

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