Battleship Missouri comes out of drydock

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A battleship that was turned into a World War II museum has come out of drydock at Pearl Harbor after undergoing maintenance and repairs since October.

Tugs began pulling the former USS Missouri on Thursday afternoon, about five hours after shipyard workers started flooding Drydock 4.

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii was to speak later in the day at a private ceremony.

The deck of the vessel, now named the Battleship Missouri Memorial, was where officials from Japan and the Allied Forces signed surrender documents ending the war on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay.

The memorial is moored a few hundred yards from the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk during Japan’s Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.


Information from: The Honolulu Advertiser,