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.