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USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed after ship hits dock

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HONOLULU, May 29 (UPI) -- The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor will be closed until at least June 4, after a hospital ship collided with a dock leading to the memorial, authorities said.

The damage occurred when two tugboats were maneuvering the USNS Mercy, a 894-foot-long, 69,000-ton hospital ship, from its berth to prepare to go to sea. As the Mercy turned to head out of the channel it "may have made contact" with the floating dock that leads to the white building that spans the sunken battleship, authorities said. The dock was pushed nearly 10 feet, damaging the concrete, handrails and ramps. There was no damage to the Arizona or the Mercy in the Wednesday morning collision.


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