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USS Arizona Memorial Commemorates Battle Of Midway

On Monday, June 4, the USS Arizona Memorial held special ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. A special wreath-laying ceremony and a parading of the colors was joined by singing of the national anthem, and a flyover by vintage T-6 Texan planes.

Battle of Midway veterans

Source: U.S Navy

Both service members and civilians were present for the ceremony which honored those who fought in the Battle of Midway. Guest speaker Rear Adm. James Caldwell said “Today, we reflect on and celebrate the accomplishments of one of America’s greatest generations; those brave men and women that served our country in a time of war.”

Occurring only 6 months after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway signified the first major victory against Japan. While other battles had happened in different parts of the Pacific, none of them affected the Japanese offensive abilities like Midway.

Battle of Midway Map

Widely regarded as being the most important naval battle in the World War II Pacific Theater, the Battle of Midway also marked a major and decisive victory against the Imperial Japanese Navy, and a turning point in the Pacific.

The battle cost Japan heavy losses, including four aircraft carriers and a majority of their experienced pilots.  The victory was due in large part to Navy cryptology experts breaking Japan’s JN-25 code, and discovering the plan to ambush the American aircraft carriers at Midway Island.

With this information known, American ships were ready and waiting. The losses inflicted upon Japan severely reduced the Imperial Navy’s ability to launch naval offensives, which was their primary objective in their attack on Pearl Harbor.

With events like this and the Memorial Day celebrations, Pearl Harbor continues to be the symbol for remembering World War II. Join us on tour today and experience this incredible and historic place!

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Arizona Memorial 50th Anniversary Celebration

The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during Memorial Day weekend.  Beginning Friday, May 25 and concluding on Monday, May 28, special events will be held at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center and on the Arizona Memorial. To kick off the festivities there will be a fundraiser golf event at the Klipper Golf Course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay that Friday. The format will be a foursome shotgun scramble, and each group will include a combat veteran.  Starting the day is reception and registration at 11:30 am, tee off is at 12:30, cocktails at the club house at 4:30, which will be followed by entertainment and a banquet at the Officer’s Club at 5:30. USS Arizona Memorial Shrine Room Special guests and speakers to include Admiral Locklear, Admiral Macke, General Lee, Mayor Peter Carslile and former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. If you are interested in participating in this event, check out the event info page. Beginning Saturday, May 26 a vigil guard will be held in the shrine room of the Arizona Memorial by the Marine Corps Honor Guard for the anniversary. Public programs to the Arizona Memorial will be cancelled beginning at 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 27 in order to host the anniversary ceremony. The Pearl Harbor Visitors Center and it’s museums with audio tour will be open during it’s regular hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sadly for this special event tours of Arizona Memorial will be unavailable. USS Arizona 50 year anniversary While tours on Sunday afternoon are unavailable, Monday, May 28 would be a great day to visit the USS Arizona memorial. Every ticket holder will receive a commemorative card, a tribute flower, and have the opportunity to participate in a floral tribute while visiting the memorial. For more details and a complete list of events check out their event homepage. Aloha!

Pearl Harbor Tour Receives New Restoration Project

If you’re interested in taking a Pearl Harbor tour, the Pacific Aviation Museum has a new reason to visit!

The Pacific Aviation Museum and the Hawaii Military Vehicle Restoration Association have teamed up to bring life back into an old war bird. The Douglas C-47 known as “Cheeky Charlie” earned her nickname while flying missions in the Philippines during WWII for the United States Army Air Force (USAAF). She then flew for the Australian Government, and more recently was flying cargo inter-island for Kamaka Air.

Douglas C-47 Cheeky Charlie

A Pearl Harbor Tour Is History In Action

She was received earlier this week by Lt. Shealy’s Restoration Shop located within the Museum’s Hanger 79 on Ford Island.

Restoration projects like this are what makes Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Aviation Museum such an amazing place to visit! Not only are there displays of planes and helicopters representing the last 70 years of military aviation, you can visit an active restoration shop and see the care and effort it takes to return these birds to glory.

Douglas C-47 Restoration Pacific Aviation Museum

If you’re visiting Hawaii and staying on a neighbor island, we offer a variety of island hopping packages from Maui, Kauai, & the Big Island which include a Pearl Harbor Tour.

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Pearl Harbor Tour in Photos: USS O’Kane

Guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane departed Pearl Harbor today for a deployment in the Western Pacific.

Let’s take a photo tour of the Pearl Harbor event.

USS O'kane departs Pearl Harbor

Departing Pearl Harbor

Friends and family were at Pearl Harbor, the destroyer’s home port, to wave goodbye to sailors. In February 2011, USS O’Kane arrived in Pearl Harbor from a seven month deployment in the Pacific.

“We spent five of our seven months in the (Arabian Gulf), and while there, we helped protect Iraqi oil infrastructure, provided maritime security for coalition efforts and partnered with our allies to further enhance maritime security,” Cmdr. Derek Trinique, USS O’Kane commanding officer at the time, said in 2011 of their previous deployment. 

Families welcome sailors

USS O’Kane Statistics (source)

  • Keel Laid: May 8, 1997
  • Launched: March 28, 1998
  • Commissioned: October 23, 1999
  • Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Propulsion system: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines
  • Propellers: two
  • Blades on each Propeller: five
  • Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)
  • Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
  • Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
  • Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load
  • Speed: 30+ knots
  • Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.
  • Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk; Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes (from two triple tube mounts)
  • Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
  • Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted

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Naval Devastation at Pearl Harbor

Japanese forces, having achieved complete surprise over the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, managed to sink or damage twenty-one ships on December 7th, 1941.

Attacks on Pearl Harbor

Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, Commander of the Japanese Naval Fleet, sent two waves of torpedo bombers, dive bombers and fighters to Pearl Harbor and other military bases, dealing the U.S. a mighty blow in just two hours. All eight American battleships, which included the USS Arizona, USS California, USS Maryland, USS Nevada, USS Oklahoma, USS Pennsylvania, USS Tennessee, and the USS West Virginia were heavily damaged. The USS Arizona, USS California, USS Oklahoma and USS West Virginia sunk. In spite of its wounds, the USS Nevada tried to escape the harbor, but upon the second wave of air attacks beached itself on Hospital Point to not block the harbor entrance.

Despite the monumental naval carnage sustained in the attack, eighteen of the ships were salvaged. A group of divers, engineers, line officers and repair workers managed to raise and repair all but three of the ships that were sunk at Pearl Harbor. This colossal effort required 20,000 hours underwater working on the vessels. Through the innovative salvage techniques of these dedicated men, eighteen vessels rejoined the U.S. fleet and helped fight countless battle throughout the ensuing Pacific theater.

The USS Arizona and the USS Utah are the only ships that were never raised. Both serve as tombs for the soldiers still residing within their hulls.