Navy Settles With State

Date: 1/2/2011

The US Navy will pay $8.5 million to settle claims over the coral reef damage caused by the 5 February 2009 grounding of the warship USS Port Royal off Honolulu International Airport. The settlement is with the state of Hawaii. The warship, a 9,600-ton guided missile destroyer, damaged thousands of square yards of coral that was hundreds of years old when it ran aground. The Navy had already spent $6.5 million restoring the reef and $40 million repairing the ship, bringing the total cost of the mishap to $55 million. Rear Adm. Timothy Giardina, U.S. Pacific Fleet deputy commander, said the settlement recognizes Hawaiis loss of a natural resource and takes into account the Navys unprecedented efforts to restore the reef.

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