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Disabled naval ship Protecteur arrives in Pearl Harbor, awaits return to B.C.

Royal Canadian Navy warship HMCS Protecteur sits in port at CFB Esquimalt in Esquimalt, B.C., Sunday September 1, 2013 after sustaining damage to her bow following a collision with the HMCS Algonquin during a close-quarters training exercise.

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A gruelling week is coming to an end for the crew of the Canadian navy supply ship HMCS Protecteur.

The vessel arrived in Pearl Harbor Thursday morning, ending a laboured voyage back to Hawaii that began after a blaze seriously damaged the ship's engine room last Thursday night.

At the time, Protecteur was nearly 700 kilometres northeast of Hawaii, heading toward its home port of Esquimalt, B.C., with nearly 300 crew members, 17 family members and several civilian contractors aboard.

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Twenty crew members were slightly hurt fighting the fire, which left the 173-metre vessel floating without power and in need of a tow.

The trip back to Hawaii was complicated when the tow rope broke in heavy seas over the weekend, but a U.S. navy tug took over and the rest of the voyage has been slow, but uneventful.

Several senior Canadian navy officials are in Pearl Harbor to meet the ship, assess the damage and consider plans to get the 44-year-old supply ship back to Canadian waters.

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