Pearl Harbor submarine museum begins $20M project


HONOLULU

Officials broke ground on a $20 million revitalization and expansion project for the Pearl Harbor campus of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.

The project, which is expected to be complete in April 2020, will add new exhibits and about 3,000 square feet of space, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The facility will be named the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum. The updated museum will include three exhibits covering submarine warfare in World War II and the Cold War, as well as its use in present day and into the future.

Portions of the campus will be closed during construction, but its centerpiece World War II submarine will remain open.

The USS Bowfin launched on Dec. 7, 1942, receiving the nickname the “Pearl Harbor Avenger.” The submarine went on nine war patrols, claiming 44 vessels sunk between 1943 and 1945.

The campus is next to the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ center operated by the National Park Service.

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