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USS Arizona Memorial Closed Indefinitely

Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on June 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Steve's Girl reminded me this morning that I did not post a notification that the USS Arizona Memorial hasbeen closed and will remain closed indefinitely. I apologize for this oversight and will attempt to rectify the situation now.

You may recall that, in May 2015, while pushing the USNS Mercy away from its mooring, a pilot tug accidentally pushed it into the tour boat docking platform at the south end of the USS Arizona Memorial. Damage appeared to be minor, and repairs were made within a matter of days.

In May 2018, only a few days before Memorial Day, a tour boat officer noticed damage to the Memorial. He reported it to the proper authorities, and an inspection and repairs were made. A few days later, however, the repairs did not "hold." The Memorial was closed pending further inspection and more in-depth repairs. At this time, it is unknown when the Memorial will reopen.

Read more about it:

Gathright, Jenny. USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Closes Indefinitely Due to Structural Concerns. NPR. May 27, 2018.

Allen, Kevin. The USS Arizona Memorial is closed indefinitely. Hawai'i Magazine. May 30, 2018.

McGarry, Brendan. Bushatz, Amy. Hoffman, Michael. US Navy Ship Struck USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii. ;

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Reply Steve's Girl
2:04 AM on June 17, 2018 
Thank you for providing those interesting links, H50. How lucky those of us are who had been visiting the memorial.