USS HENRY CLAY SSBN-625
READY FOR SERVICE
(675 DPI)

  

A final view of the ship from down in the drydock. At this point, the ship was
ready to go back into the water for another year of service. Putting it back in the
water was pretty much a direct reversal of getting it into the drydock. The
drydock flooded down until the ship floated up off the keel blocks. The mooring
lines were used to winch the ship far enough out of the drydock for the tugs
to moor to it. The tugs then moved the ship back across the harbor to the
tender where it again moored. Life for the crew returned to "normal," or at
least as normal as living inside a nuclear powered whale could ever be!

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