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USS Port Royal update; Navy crews complete coral repairs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Navy crews have completed underwater repairs at the site where a ship ran aground earlier this year.

The Navy re-attached nearly 54-hundred coral colonies.  They were damaged when the USS Port Royal got stuck on the reef, near the Honolulu International Airport.

The restoration work began in February, but high surf during the summer delayed progress.

But much of that clean-up job is thanks to Mother Nature.

When divers went back to finish the job last month, they discovered the ocean currents had cleared away almost all the debris left behind by the wreck, more than 2-thousand cubic yards of rubble.

Recent dives indicate about 96 percent of the coral colonies are still alive and in place.

So after spending 7 million dollars, the Navy project is complete.

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