2.14.2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

We started our morning with a Valentine's Day treasure hunt! Brayden was super excited to see where the next clue would lead and what the 'treasure' would be! After many times up and down the stairs the treasure was found! Yummy!
After opening cards we made heart shaped cinnamon rolls! Yummy...again! This is such a great day to focus on how much we love eachother...HAVE A HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

2.09.2009

USS Port Royal Pulled Free

PEARL HARBOR – The Navy freed USS Port Royal (CG 73) early this morning after the guided missile cruiser spent three days aground about a half-mile south of Honolulu International Airport Reef Runway, Navy officials said.
Removing approximately 500 tons of seawater and about 100 tons of anchors, anchor chains and other equipment sufficiently lightened the ship for this morning's successful extraction, the Navy said in a news release.
The salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52), the Motor Vessel Dove and seven Navy and commercial tugboats provided the necessary pulling power for this morning's operation.The pull began at 2 a.m. and the ship was freed within 40 minutes, according to the news release.
Navy, Coast Guard and the state Department of Health continue to monitor for any fuel leakage or spillage resulting from this morning's operation.
"The Coast Guard will conduct an over-flight at first light to determine whether there is any evidence of a spill," said Capt. Barry Compagnoni, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Honolulu.
Added Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet: "The Navy will lead the effort to inspect and remediate the site of the grounding if necessary. Our priorities have been and remain the safety of the crew, the safety of the ship, and the safety of the environment. There have been no injuries associated with the grounding or our recovery efforts."
After an initial assessment, the ship was being towed to Naval Station Pearl Harbor for closer inspection, assessment, and development of repair plans.
The Clean Islands Council oil spill response vessel was following Port Royal into Pearl Harbor. Dry docking at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard should be completed in approximately one week, according to the news release.
"It is our shipyard's legacy to keep the Pacific Fleet fit to fight," said Capt. Greg Thomas, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Commander. "Every shipyard worker is ready to do what it takes to repair Port Royal and get her back to sea as soon as possible."
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2.08.2009

USS PORT ROYAL

The guided missile cruiser is stuck in 17 to 22 feet of water about a half mile off Honolulu International Aiport's reef runway. Early this morning a salvage ship, the USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52)the M/V Dove and four Navy and three commercial tugboats tried to remove the ship during high tide.
"Our priorities have been and remain the safety of the crew, the safety of the ship and the safety of the environment," said Rear Adm. Joe Walsh, deputy commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. "There have been no injuries associated with the grounding or our recovery efforts."
The larger tugboats and tow vessels used this morning provided more pulling power to nudge the 9,600 ton, 567-foot-long ship off the sandy and rocky bottom, but that wasn't enough. This morning the Navy began their redoubled effort at 1:30 a.m., but the ship remained aground after four hours of towing. The Navy's assessing its options on how to proceed.
Previous attempts on Friday and Saturday morning to refloat the ship were unsuccessful. Prior to yesterday's attempt, the Navy removed fuel, personnel and water from the ship in an attempt to make it lighter, but it was still stuck.
The ship is home ported at Pearl Harbor and was commissioned on July 9. Walsh will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. today. The ship's hull is structurally sound and there has not been any fuel leaks or spills.
"We are working closely with both the U.S. Coast Guard and the state of Hawai'i to ensure all precautions are being taken should a release of fuel occur," Walsh said.

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