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USS Arizona Gun Barrel begins trek to Arizona Capitol Museum after more than 63 years at Virginia Naval Base

DAHLGREN, Va., (April 10, 2012) - Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett

(left) joins Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)

Commander Capt. Michael Smith (right) and NSWCDD Operations Department Head

Pete Kolakowski to watch the last USS Arizona 14-inch gun barrel begin its

move from NSWCDD in Dahlgren, Va., to Arizona April 10.

 

The gun barrel, removed from the ship to be relined, was at the Dahlgren

Naval Proving Ground in Virginia for proof testing when the attack on Pearl

Harbor occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. The state of Arizona is also moving a USS

Missouri gun barrel from Norfolk Naval Shipyard's St. Julien's Creek Annex

to exhibit with the Arizona gun. These two barrels, representing "bookends"

of World War II - the beginning and end - will significantly enhance the USS

Arizona memorial exhibit at the Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix. (U.S.

Navy photo by John J. Joyce/Released)

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Taken on April 10, 2012