Dock at USS Arizona Memorial undergoes urgent repairs

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Pictured above is the USS Arizona Memorial, which sustained superficial damage when it may have been struck by the USNS Mercy, May 27.  (MC2 Daniel Barker, Mass Communication Specialist)

Pictured above is the USS Arizona Memorial, which sustained superficial damage when it may have been struck by the USNS Mercy, May 27. (MC2 Daniel Barker, Mass Communication Specialist)

Navy Region Hawaii
Public Affairs
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — On May 27, the Hospital Ship USNS Mercy was being maneuvered by two tugboats to transit Pearl Harbor from its berth at Hotel Pier as it prepared to go to sea. As the Mercy turned to head out to the channel, the ship may have made contact with the floating dock leading to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Strong prop wash from the ship pushed the floating dock and access structure (brow) approximately 10 feet toward the memorial, damaging handrails and the dock’s infrastructure.

There was no damage to the remains of the USS Arizona vessel and no apparent damage to the Mercy. The memorial experienced minor superficial damage. There were no injuries.

Quick action
The Navy removed the brow and immediately began repairing the above-water floating dock and access structure and evaluating the underwater mooring system of chains and concrete block anchors.

National Park Service officials said Wednesday that repairs are expected to be completed by Friday or Saturday, allowing the park to return to regular service for patrons.

“The National Park Service is working hard to provide visitors to Pearl Harbor with the most meaningful experience possible while the dock at the USS Arizona Memorial is being repaired,” said Superintendent Paul DePrey. “Harbor boats are still leaving every 15 minutes for Battleship Row, where the battleships were moored on Dec. 7th, 1941. The public can view the USS Arizona from the boat.

“Visitors should also know that there are many other special Pearl Harbor historic sites to visit, including the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the Pacific Aviation Museum and the Battleship Missouri,” he added.

The National Park Service and the U.S. Navy work in partnership to bring the public out to the USS Arizona Memorial. While visitors won’t be able to disembark at the memorial, park rangers will be on the boats to provide historic interpretation and to answer questions.

According to the Park Service, if visitors are seeking a contemplative experience at a Pearl Harbor memorial, another option is the USS Oklahoma Memorial, located on Ford Island adjacent to the Missouri Battleship. The normal $3 shuttle bus fee to Ford Island will be waived during the time that repairs are in progress at the USS Arizona Memorial.
Visitors should inquire at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center for complimentary shuttle tickets to access the USS Oklahoma Memorial.
Visitation onto the memorial will resume as soon as it is safe to do so, said the superintendent.

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