Battleship to stay in N.C. for repairs

The Associated PressJune 13, 2010 

— The battleship North Carolina is staying home for repairs instead of hitting the high seas again.

Multiple media organizations reported Friday that North Carolina's floating World War II memorial will stay in Wilmington for work on its hull. The warship's caretakers had considered sending it to Charleston, S.C., or Norfolk, Va., for the work.

Crews will use new technology to do the repairs while the ship remains open to the public. Staying home allows the battleship to continue collecting tourist admissions and will save about $16 million.

Repairs should begin this fall and take about three years.

The USS North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II. The 73-year-old vessel has been docked in Wilmington since 1961.

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