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Harborside Memorial Plaza gains centerpiece
The bow section of the decommissioned guided missile nuclear cruiser USS South Carolina was lifted up and over the fence to be loaded on an awaiting flatbed truck by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), early Saturday morning.
The nearly 25-ton bow was then moved up Pacific Avenue almost a block and lifted again into position as one of the centerpieces in the under-construction Harborside Memorial Plaza that will run between the shipyard and Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton.
The park, which is slated to open during next month’s Armed Forces Festival, will feature three plazas that will each honor shipyard workers from World War I, World War II and the present.
The former cruiser was commissioned in 1975 and served the majority of its sea service out of the East Coast before being decommissioned in the late 1990s and was ultimately recycled at PSNS & IMF.