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BALBOA, PANAMA
A REFUELING STOP for tow of the
USS Constellation CV-64
TIME IN BALBOA FOR FUELING WORKED ON INTO THE NEXT MORNING.

OUR SECOND TUG RACHEL  STOOD BY THE CONNIE WHILE LOCAL CREWS RIGGED GEAR
FOR THE TRIP
AROUND  SOUTH AMERICA.


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Rachel has had through the Canal.
Smit - SUPPORT TUG
Along side at 1000 hrs.

It took all day to figure out what was going on the 17th.
The word "SECOND PENNANT" had me puzzled so I asked around.
The Navy requires TWO TOW TUGS for this tow.
Destination Valpariso, Chile   ETA: 10-08-2014 14:00

There is a very important reason for having Tow Tugs
while towing a large ship around South America. The "WINDS" are very strong where the Carrier would become a "SAIL" and turn sideways.
It would be impossible to make any headway.
Click the Winds Map > see "
CURRENT" winds.
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