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Dock issue suspends USS Arizona Memorial tours again

According to the National Parks Service, the USS <em>Arizona</em> Memorial will  be closed for repairs for "an undetermined period of time."
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HONOLULU — The USS Arizona Memorial has problems again with its shoreside dock, which means that tours to the popular Pearl Harbor site are suspended.

The National Park Service said staff members at Pearl Harbor were alerted to an issue with the shoreside dock on Sunday. A spokesperson didn't immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Monday asking for details about the dock's problem.

The park service suspended tours via Navy boats to the memorial built in the harbor.

The site is among the most visited in Hawaiʻi, and pays homage to the 1,177 lives lost on the USS Arizona in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The memorial was closed for 15 months after cracks were found on the dock in 2018. Exceptionally high tides in 2017 are believed to have dislodged concrete blocks sunk into Pearl Harbor’s sediment and connected by chains to the dock. The repair project cost more than $2.1 million.

It was closed again in September for two weeks for emergency safety repairs.

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial visitor center, museums and other services remain open.

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