Navy frees stuck warship off coast of Honolulu

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - The Navy says it has freed the $1 billion warship that ran aground close to the coast of Honolulu.

The Navy issued a statement saying the USS Port Royal was removed from a rock and sand shoal early Monday. Crews had to remove about 500 tons of water and 100 tons of anchors and other equipment to lighten the vessel.

After that work was completed it took a salvage ship and seven tugs about 40 minutes to work the ship loose.

The guided missile cruiser ran aground Thursday just off Honolulu International Airport. It was visible to everyone flying in and out of Oahu and also was in clear view from a nearby public beach park.

The Port Royal, based at Pearl Harbor, is one of the Navy's most advanced ships.

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