Battleship Missouri to leave dry dock this week

Sunday, January 3, 2010 | 6:07 p.m. CST; updated 6:44 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 3, 2010

HONOLULU — The battleship Missouri is scheduled to return to Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor this week after three months of maintenance and preservation work.

The 887-foot "Mighty Mo" is expected to leave dry dock noon Thursday for the 2-mile return to its previous pier a few hundred yards away from the sunken battleship USS Arizona.

The Missouri underwent an $18 million renovation that included painting, stripping its hull, replacing its mooring lines with chains and building a new enclosure for events on the fantail.

The restoration work on the 54,899-ton warship was its first since 1992.

A grand reopening is planned for Jan. 30, a day after the 66th anniversary of the ship's launch.

The Missouri was the site of Japan's unconditional surrender on Sept. 2, 1945.

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