Cruiser goes into 'laid up' status at Pearl Harbor
HONOLULU (AP) - The Navy's newest guided-missile cruiser in the Ticonderoga class will go into "laid up" status.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the USS Port Royal and two other cruisers, the USS Lake Erie and the USS Chosin, will go into that status at Pearl Harbor.
They are among 11 of 22 cruisers that will be placed on reduced operating status while they are modernized.
The Navy has tried to retire the 20-year-old Port Royal since it grounded in 2009 off Honolulu Airport's Reef Runway, but Congress has resisted the move.
Under the plan announced earlier this year, the Port Royal would go into a long-term modernization plan in 2015. It would be brought out of semi-mothballed status in 2026 and remain on active duty until 2044.
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