Harbor shipyard has new chief
Capt. John A. Edwards has assumed command of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, taking over from Capt. Jeffrey D. Conners in a ceremony last week.
The shipyard/maintenance facility is the largest industrial employer in the state, with more than 4,200 civilians and sailors. Its revenue in fiscal year 2000 was $441 million, the Navy reports.
Missouri offers three new tours
The USS Missouri Memorial Association, caretaker of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, has added three new tours of the 887-foot vessel.
A 90-minute Captain's Tour includes a Gulf War-era "briefing" and guided visit to the Mighty Mo's weapon system and the World War II Surrender Deck. A self-guided audio tour and "Battleship Passport" guide are also available.
Call (808) 973-2494 for information about tickets and tours.
Pearl Harbor coins released
A series of coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor has been released, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Arizona Memorial Fund.
The coins are being produced by The Honolulu Mint, which has made commemorative coins for the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor for the past decade.
Find more information about the commemorative coins at The Honolulu Mint's Web site.
Study confirms need for center
U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie has released details of a study confirming the feasibility and need for a Biomedical Research Center at Tripler Army Medical Center.
The $1 million study, paid for under the 2001 Defense Authorization Act, was submitted to Congress this month. It says the Biomedical Research Center is needed to safely process potentially dangerous biohazards in the Pacific theater, and because Hawai'i facilities should be capable of responding to various contingencies.
As envisioned, the Biomedical Research Center would be a $150 million facility for basic and applied scientific research in laboratory and clinical settings, housing Tripler's Department of Clinical Investigation, its animal-care facilities and the Department of Defense Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance.
The study was conducted by the Tripler Army Medical Center in collaboration with the Spark M. Matsunaga Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center and the University of Hawai'i Medical School.