The Navy freed the $1 billion guided missile cruiser today that had been stuck for more than three days since it ran aground close to the reef runway at Honolulu Airport.
The USS Port Royal was pulled off a rock and sand shoal at around 2 a.m. after crews removed about 500 tons of water and 100 tons of anchors and other equipment to lighten the vessel, the Navy said in a statement.
The removal by a salvage ship and seven tug boats took about 40 minutes.
No one was injured during the recovery effort, said Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, the U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy commander.
The area was to be examined to determine if the ship leaked any fuel, said Coast Guard Capt. Barry Compagnoni.
The Port Royal was being towed to Naval Station Pearl Harbor for inspection.
The guided missile cruiser ran aground about 8:30 p.m.Thursday. It was visible to everyone flying in and out of Oahu and a