The Duke Energy Foundation has donated $1 million to repair the hull and preserve the battleship North Carolina.
The World War II-era ship, which engaged in every major naval offensive in the Pacific, was once considered the nations mightiest sea weapon. The 728-foot ship has been moored in Wilmington since 1961.
In 2009, the Department of the Navy warned the battleship commission that oversees the memorial to either develop a dry-docking plan or prepare and provide the Navy with a plan for the eventual disposal of the ex-North Carolina.
Dukes donation is part of an effort to comply with the Navy, fix the ships hull and expand the complex where it is moored.
The foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, including $16 million a year in community support and charitable contributions.
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