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Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Missouri Memorial closing for repairs until January 2010

USS_Missouri_Memorial_closing_until_2010The "Mighty Mo" is getting a makeover.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor on Oahu closes to the public this week until January 2010 for extensive maintenance and preservation work. The retired Naval vessel and floating museum—site of the Empire of Japan’s surrender, ending World War II—will enter drydock on Oct. 14, to begin the three-month, $18 million project.

Pearl Harbor officials are expecting hundreds in attendance tomorrow—both at an invitation-only ceremony at the Missouri’s dock, and across the harbor at the USS Bowfin Submarine & Park—to watch the Missouri traverse the harbor and move into Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard’s Drydock 4.

The best time to watch the Missouri's big move is 6:30 a.m.—when the Bowfin opens to the public—to 7 a.m. According to Missouri museum staffers, from the Bowfin vantage point you'll be able to see the ship back out of its pier and rotate in the open harbor before heading to drydock.

The Missouri officially closed to public tours last Friday. The 68-year-old battleship will reopen again in January 2010.

Wednesday’s drydock marks the first time the Missouri has left its Ford Island mooring since arriving in Hawaii in 1998. Over the next three months, crews will be busy sandblasting and repainting the 887-foot long Missouri’s hull and restoring the boat’s teak main deck, among other repairs.

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