Bayonne dry dock breathes new life into damaged military ships

It’s hardly a rust bucket, but the U.S. Naval Ship Watson could use some sprucing up.

Resting on wood blocks at the Bayonne Dry Dock & Repair Corp., the hull of the 950-foot military cargo ship’s hull was streaked and faded. Barnacles clung to sections normally submerged while transporting tanks, helicopters and other heavy armaments to Iraq and other war zones.

Corrosion threatened to compromise the 15-year-old vessel’s massive anchor chains and ballast and fuel tanks. Its bulbous bow, jutting forward below the waterline like a powerful, cartoonish chin to break ocean waves, was clearly in need of a fresh coat of paint.
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