USS Ramage overhaul work at Ingalls
After nine months of some TLC the USS Ramage departs from Ingalls Ship Yard in Pascagoula today.
The overhaul and modernization work on the DDG 61 includes alterations, repairs, testing, and procurement of materials. The $21.4 million destroyer was originally built at Ingalls Shipbuilding and delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1995.
Shipbuilders in Pascagoula were eager to see USS Ramage out on the water and ready to leave for the next mission. Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said, “When you get into overhaul work there are a lot of things unexpected you can find and discover to be able to identify that and get on top of it and still deliver. I think it takes remarkable shipbuilders and so we’re glad to deliver on schedule.”
Ship cleaner Margaret Myles said, “Today is my birthday, yes, I’m excited to be able to be out here for the ship DDG 61.”
Before the modernization, USS Ramage returned from a seven month deployment with the Harry S. Truman Strike Group which served the fifth and sixth fleet areas in the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea.