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The U.S. Navy on Friday succeeded in lifting and moving the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fisheries training ship that sank in February off Hawaii after being hit by a U.S. submarine, paving the way for the vessel to be salvaged, navy officials said.

The salvage vessel Rockwater 2 began lifting the ship’s bow around noon Friday and moved the vessel within three hours to a firm patch of seabed some 34 meters away from where it had come to rest.

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