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September 11, 2010 / Steve

Day 254 – Ship Launch

We went to a very patriotic event today, and it felt extra good considering it’s the 9th anniversary Sept. 11, 2001. The USNS Washington Chambers naval supply ship was christened and launched at 10:50 AM today. At almost 700 feet long and 24,000 metric tons, she’s no small craft.

I chose this shot of the stern because of the dynamic colors and the surprisingly beautiful propeller, and because there was a person in this picture which helps provide some scale to everything. We arrived early and were able to just act like a clueless tourists and wander to the far end of the berth where I was able to get several great pictures of the stern. Eventually we were approached by security and asked for our gold passes and were politely (but intently) ushered back to the common area.

So, for this post we have it all – the picture of the day (of course), some extra photos from the launch and our stroll on the waterfront and G Street Pier that are worth looking at, and a pretty bad and amateur video shot of the launch I shot. You can see all of that on my smugmug account.

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  1. Mom / Sep 12 2010 8:22 AM

    Thanks Steve for sharing this historial launch event with all of us and for seeing a few sights around San Diego that few of us have ever seen. I got a chuckle about you guys being asked to leave the “gold pass” area. You’d make a great tour guide. 🙂

  2. Kim / Sep 12 2010 10:07 AM

    Hi Steve. I’m back. What a great picture. You captured all the textures and colors beautifully.
    Love Kim

  3. Steve / Sep 12 2010 2:55 PM

    Thanks Mom & Kim!!

  4. Vicco / Sep 13 2010 11:56 AM

    Very cool – love the color

  5. Donald / May 15 2011 3:18 PM

    Your pictures put mine to shame, I shall now put my brownie away in shame 😦

    Great piccies 🙂

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