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A floating door aka caisson can mean only one thing . . . 

something new is headed into the GMD graving dock.

It’s Yano . . . as in T-AKR-297.  named for Sfc. Rodney J. T. Yano.

Helping with the rotation is Resolute (starboard) and Maurania III, port stern, and

Charles D. McAllister.

Together they spin the vessel as

Freddy Miller stands by.

No dead ship is Yano, as she assists.

Tight as it looks, when the large vessel is

inside the graving dock, about 20′ margin exists on either side.

Thanks to John Watson for the first two shots;  all others by Will Van Dorp.

Around 2 pm, John P. Brown leaves the KVK for the northwest, and a

bit later, Sisler (T-AKR 311) heads into port with a gaggle of McAllister tugs assisting.

Then I noticed Brown had an odd thin vessel on the hip,

one that I couldn’t figure out until

I noticed how they measured up, and then it

dawned on me:  Sisler goes into drydock and this closes the dock off!

Brown is floating the door!  I wanted to see the rest of the process, but by now the

golden hour had arrived and my

flash would be woefully inadequate!

All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who once again succeeded in seeing something new.

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