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Re: SS Del Monte (T-AK-5049)
Thanks for solving the mystery.
The ship was built for Delta Steamship Company in late 60's and bought by the Feds in the late 80's - early 90's when Delta went belly up.
I spent last week on vacation on the Outer Banks, NC, and observed the ship below under tow about 5 miles offshore for a couple of days. Obviously not in a hurry to get anywhere, possibly practicing controlling the ship under tow (just a guess).
A couple days later we passed right over it (and the tugboat!) while flying out of the Norfolk Airport and I snapped the photo below.
Hoping someone here may be able to ID, or comment on whether/how the Navy trains for command under tow.
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