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The U.S. Navy announced Thursday that it will again lift the stern of the Ehime Maru, the Japanese fishing training vessel hit and sunk by a U.S. nuclear-powered submarine in February, to reposition one of the two wires put in place earlier in the day, a navy official said.

The precise positioning of the two wires, called messenger wires, is critical to rigging and transporting the hull from its current location at a depth of about 600 meters to a shallow shoal, where divers will attempt to retrieve the remains and personal effects of the nine missing Japanese who went down with the ship.

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