After 1 day underway, USS Vella Gulf returns to homeport Norfolk for assessment of repairs made to fuel oil tank


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — After one day of being underway, the USS Vella Gulf pulled back into homeport Norfolk Sunday for a technical assessment of recent repairs.

The ship set sail on March 13, after returning for just over two weeks while repairs were conducted on the fuel oil tank.

A spokesperson with the U.S. Navy 2nd Fleet said Saturday:

“USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) is underway today and will continue on its mission upon completion of repairs to the fuel oil tank. We are grateful for the technical experts and Vella Gulf sailors for their efforts to repair the ship in a timely manner.” 

On Sunday, the spokesperson said:

“After getting underway, USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) returned to Naval Station Norfolk this afternoon for technical assessment of the repairs made to the ship’s fuel oil tank. More information will be provided once it becomes available.”

It is not clear at this time if the underway was to head back on deployment to meet up with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, or if the underway was part of the repairs and assessment.

The Navy says that the reason for the ship initially returning to homeport Norfolk was due to a fuel leak caused by “single tank corrosion.”

The ship initially left for deployment with the IKE Strike Group from Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 19 only to return a week later on Feb. 26 for technical assessment and repair of a leak in one of the ship’s fuel oil tanks. This was the second deployment in six months for the crew.

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