HONOLULU — The USS Port Royal, a Navy guided missile cruiser, was aground today atop a reef about a half-mile south of the Honolulu airport runway.
Navy tugs tried early today to nudge the 9,600-ton warship away from the spot it hit but were unsuccessful.
Navy divers and a salvage ship will try again Saturday to free the 9,600 ton Pearl Harbor warship, the Navy said.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that the $1 billion guided missile cruiser, skippered by Capt. John Carroll, was returning to Pearl Harbor when it ran aground just before 9 p.m. Thursday about one and one-half mile from the entrance to the harbor.