posted on May, 29 2015 @ 06:04 PM
When the USNS Mercy was leaving Pearl Harbor early Wednesday, either the ship (894 feet, 69,000 tons), or one of the harbor tugs struck the USS
Arizona Memorial, that sits above the remains of the Arizona, which was sunk December 7th, 1941 during the Japanese attack on the harbor. The
floating dock that allows visitors to go on and off the memorial had to be removed, due to significant damage. It was pushed almost 10 feet in the
collision. The memorial also suffered damage, and is undergoing inspection. Visitors have been restricted until June 4th.
The Mercy was under direction of two tugboats, belonging to P&R Water Taxi, as well as a harbor pilot as it was leaving the dock area. The accident
is being investigated to determine what roles they played in the accident. Fortunately, it doesn't appear that the Arizona herself was hit, nor did
she apparently suffer any damage due to the impact to the Memorial. The impact occurred before the first visits to the Memorial, so no one was on
board at the time of the accident.
The captain of the naval hospital ship involved in a collision with the World War II memorial in Pearl Harbor is a former sailor who retired with
The master of the USNS Mercy -- the equivalent of the commanding officer -- is Capt. Thomas Giudice, a retired sailor and current civilian mariner
who's responsible for navigating the vessel while underway at sea, among other duties, a Navy official said.
The 894-foot-long, 69,000-ton hospital ship, or possibly one of the two tug boats transiting her out of the harbor, struck the USS Arizona Memorial in
Pearl Harbor early Wednesday morning. Tours of the memorial, which gets more than 4,000 visitors a day, were suspended until June 4 because of the
The Memorial was always one of my favorite things to see when I lived there. The museum was incredible, and the Memorial itself was incredible to go
out to. The Arizona to this day still "weeps" for the dead that are interred on her. It's an incredible experience to look down at her and see
her resting under the water. Thank god she wasn't hit.