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WWII destroyer to receive hull repairs

Attempt to extend USS Cassin Young’s lifespan

The USS Cassin Young, which endured one of the last kamikaze attacks of World War II, has now survived more than a year of bureaucratic wrangling and will soon get repairs to put the 376-foot destroyer back in the water. The decision comes nearly two years after a leaking hull landed it high and dry in a Charlestown Navy Yard dry dock.

But the Navy, which owns the ship, and the National Park Service, which is responsible for maintaining it, have committed only to “a cost-sharing arrangement to accomplish the minimum repairs necessary to undock the ship,” leaving the destroyer’s long-term fate uncertain.

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