USS McCain leaves dry dock 15 months after collision that killed 10 sailors
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The USS John S. McCain floated again into the waters of its homeport on Tuesday, 15 months after a collision with a civilian oil tanker left 10 sailors dead and the destroyer severely damaged.
The 6,700-ton ship sat atop several feet of water Monday in its dry dock. By Tuesday, waters filled the dock and lifted the ship, which is named for the late senator from Arizona and his father and grandfather, both Navy admirals.
Onlookers from around base flocked to the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility as they heard the news.
Sailors and civilians who’d worked on the repairs stood aboard the ship in hard hats as the McCain slowly crept out of the dock. It took a systematic process involving tug boats and rope to pull the destroyer from its home of 11 months.
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