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A diver awaits his turn at tunneling under MISSOURI. This tunneling was undertaken whenever there was space alongside for ASRs to work.


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Diver with tunneling hose and hydraulic jet in hand starts for the bottom to remove some of the 1500 cubic yards of sand cleared by divers.


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The tedious work of reeving a pontoon chain messenger wire under MISSOURI. It took 7 days to work the messenger for the after pontoons from the stern to frame 171.


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CHEMUNG (A030) starts the weight removal on 17 January by receiving MISSOURI fuel.


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PAWCATUCK (AO 108) completes fuel removal with KITTIWAKE (ASR 13) alongside. COMBER is working on port side.


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Five inch projectiles start to move into barges as the weight removal schedule nears completion.


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Sixteen inch projectiles come on deck one at a time making the removal of ammunition the longest weight removal process of all.


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Naval Base floating crane takes off ammunition handling truck crane after all ammunition has been removed, Naval Base facilities made the accelerated ammunition removal schedule possible.


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Anchor chains follow the anchors into barges in the removal of 12,000 tons of weight from MISSOURI.


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Pontoon barge alongside ASR for preparation of pontoons before launching and the removal of necessary gear from the barge.


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Pontoon being placed in position for reeving pontoon chain through hawse pipes. Manila line is to control pontoon while flooding takes place.


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Pontoon chain being worked under MISSOURI. The task of working this heavy chain under the massive MISSOURI wrote a new chapter in rigging pontoons.


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This explosion off MISSOURI starboard quarter and a similar one on the port quarter helped break up hard packed sand under the ship and caused it to settle from one-half to one inch.


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Beach gear fairleads on starboard side MISSOURI fantail. The careful layout of this gear utilized every possible advantage.

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