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Cost and lift availability are factors. The USN is still evaluating her condition...
Posted by Charles Landrum on July 14, 2017, 4:30:49, in reply to "Re: Looks like they're going to steam her back to CONUS (Images linked inside)"
My guess is that the patch was to get her into drydock on an even keel. Cole had major engineering damage and Samuel B. Roberts was broken in half. Stark was sufficiently repaired in theater to sail home on her own. Porter sailed home on her own as well.
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