By MC3 Dustin W. Sisco, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii
Ferry boats using clean fuel technology shuttle passengers between the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center and the USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. The U.S. Navy operates the boats which transport more than 1.5 million people each year. Photo by MC2 Daniel Barker
Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 conducted an assessment of the chains holding the dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Sept. 11.
"Today, we're taking a look at the dock supports," said Billy Crowe, park service diver for the World War II Valor in the Pacific museum. "[We're] cleaning, inspecting and mapping out the dock supports. Our dock is listing a little bit, and I believe at some point here the dock is going to be replaced...this is basically preparation for that."
This is the first time UCT 2 has been able to dive the memorial, a moment they shared on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
"I've never dove the Arizona, so it's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Steelworker 1st Class Nathan Terrazas, UCT 2. "September 11th has significance...so it's awesome to be a part of this and help the park service out..."
The divers also got a chance to take a guided tour with the park service divers to see the wreckage of the Arizona underwater.
"It was mostly a work dive," Crowe said. "But we did what we call a resource orientation, which basically means we swam around the wreck and then let them have a look at it."
UCT 2 was established as an independent unit of the Naval Construction Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The team's mission is to provide a responsive military capability for underwater and waterfront engineering, construction and repair in support of Navy and Marine Corps operations.