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Old 10-23-2015, 11:33 AM   #2562
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While sniffing around for more info on Topaz this morning, I came across a couple more interesting boats. Talk about past and present...

The first needs no explanation.
The second, well, it floats, so we'll call it a boat and I expect Marin will have something to say about it.
I wonder if it uses snubbers...

Both are in Elliott Bay Seattle in 2011.

"...The U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Sea-Based X-Band Radar vessel (SBX-1), creeping slowly across Elliott Bay and into Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island. According to a Missile Defense Agency fact sheet, the SBX-1 acquires, tracks and discriminates the flight characteristics of ballistic missiles. The vessel is based on an oil drilling platform design and is twin-hulled, self-propelled, and stable in high winds and turbulent sea conditions. It is 240 feet wide and 390 feet long. It towers more than 280 feet from its keel to the top of the radar dome and displaces nearly 50,000 tons.

The Seattle Times reports that Boeing has a $27 million contract for the upgrade and maintenance work to be performed at Vigor Shipyard, formerly Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle."
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