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USS port royal stuck

HONOLULU - The Navy hopes a high tide due to reach Hawaii early Saturday will enable it to refloat a 9,600-ton warship that ran aground about a half mile off seaside Honolulu International Airport.

An initial effort by Navy tugs early Friday to free the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal was unsuccessful. The $1 billion ship ran aground Thursday night while carrying guests that included a rear admiral.

"We're certainly working on bringing to bear the resources we have to move her off the current position. We're still putting that plan together," said Capt. W. Scott Gureck, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet. "Obviously, the high tide gives us an opportunity to do that."

Divers and the salvage ship USS Salvor would try to tow the 567-foot vessel, the Navy said.

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Asked by mommyofone0724 at 3:30 PM on Feb. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The cause of the grounding on the sandy bottom and the extent of damage to the vessel were under investigation.

    "I'm not going to speculate on what happened," Gureck said.

    The Port Royal left Pearl Harbor on Thursday for sea trials after being dry-docked for routine maintenance. The ship ran aground while shore-based officials were being transferred to shore by small boat, the Navy said.

    An oil recovery vessel, the Clean Islands, was positioned behind the warship as a precaution as the U.S. Coast Guard monitored the situation.

    "We know that there is no oil spill at this point, and we're confident the Navy is doing everything it can," Coast Guard Lt. John Titchen said.

    Commissioned in 1994, the Port Royal has a crew of about 360. The crew stayed aboard the ship, along with Navy officials such as Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, commander Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.


    Answer by mommyofone0724 at 3:31 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • They are having a big trouble of freeing the ship.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • What is the question??????

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • there is no question i just find it odd they got stuck on arock

    Answer by mommyofone0724 at 6:25 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • I know, me too. It is a bit strange!

    Answer by AprilDJC at 8:34 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

  • Hi, i was on the port royal a few months ago and still keep in really good contact with people on the ship. here's what i know from a third hand perspective. basically if you saw the news, tides were really high. tides are always high at night, which is why ships don't pull in a night in pearl harbor. they were trying to get somewhat close to the shore line to let an admiral off of the ship onto a tug, when this happened, they were drug in, mostly by current. the personnel may not have been quite on the ball or expecting it and that's how it happened. we're highly trained, but sometimes things become too routine. it's just an unlikely embarrassing event that happened and now they're just trying to move past it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:53 PM on Feb. 9, 2009

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