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X15, Madurai...have you noticed the small flattop?

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If X15 is still at the Hornet he can use the bigeyes and look across the bay, amongst the piers south of ATT Park I saw today...

The pre-positioning ship that's been there for a year right by the park.

What looks like one of the hospital ships south of that.

Some form of small flat top, parked on an east-west pier with numerous working tents on the flight deck. Looks to have Euro-style radar domes on the island.

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Preliminary findings: in this haze, it's hard to tell there is an opposite side to the Bay. It'll have to wait until tomorrow.

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Preliminary findings: in this haze' date=' it's hard to tell there [i']is an opposite side to the Bay. It'll have to wait until tomorrow.

The hospital ship is confirmed as the Mercy, she's undergoing a refit which supposedly was going to be done in march.

The carrier is of the small straight-deck variety, and as I said has a prominent radar dome forward-ish on the island. If it has a ski jump it is not very extreme, however the bow is pointed toward the bay. This ship has been there since last baseball season.

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Through binocs, I could find the usual MSC ships based there, but no sign of the mystery ship. The BAE Ship Systems Repair San Francisco website was not helpful, either.

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ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10), the big tents are hangers that house target missiles before they're launched off the deck to be intercepted by THAAD. The Army/MDA used to have her at Mare Island for years before shifting to Pier 80.

And an interesting note, her tug of choice is ex-USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167), now owned by NAVAIR and leased to a commercial company.

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ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10), the big tents are hangers that house target missiles before they're launched off the deck to be intercepted by THAAD. The Army/MDA used to have her at Mare Island for years before shifting to Pier 80.

And an interesting note, her tug of choice is ex-USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167), now owned by NAVAIR and leased to a commercial company.

Sure enough - tripoligreen_1.jpg that's the one.

Interesting...unless they've given her a new USAV name -- she doesn't show up in the online port logs. I'm sure the recorded USAV tugs are involved in moving her, but they don't report the big slab of metal.

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