The MPS Program at Quincy Shipbuilding
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Completion, Trials, & Delivery
One of Bobo's vast vehicle decks.
This appears to be the upper vehicle deck, with a relatively
low overhead clearance.
An M88A2 Armored Recovery Vehicle climb's Bobo stern
ramp during vehicle loading demonstrations.
An M88A2 tied down in one of Bobo's vehicle decks.
The M88A2 coming down the vehicle ramp.
Note the paint crew working overhead, in a rather challenging spot under
the helo deck.
A Marine Corps truck climbing one of Bobo's internal vehicle
A Rough Terrain Forklift moving through Bobo's vehicle decks.
Large equipment like this requires the full 15-foot clearance of the
ships' highest vehicle decks.
An M577 Light Recovery Vehicle headed down Bobo's stern ramp.
An M110A2 self-propelled 8" howitzer on one of Bobo's ramps.
2nd LT John P. Bobo moving out of her construction basin.
Although final outfitting work remains, the ship is very nearly complete
at this stage. In the next basin, visible just above Bobo's forward
hatches, is the superstructure for the next MPS, PFC Dewayne T.
Williams. Williams' hull is taking shape in the third basin;
two other MPS are being assembled in basins under the green crane
superstructure at left.
A second view of Bobo floating out of the construction basin.
2nd LT John P. Bobo passing through the Fore River bridge on her
way to the open sea. This is probably her delivery voyage, or
possibly sea trials. The entire expanse of the Quincy yard is visible
beyond the ship; the empty fitting-out berths foretell the coming fate of
the yard. Bobo and her four sisters will be the last ships built at
Bobo at sea, with the Boston Harbor islands beyond, and Boston's
skyscrapers on the horizon.
A final view of Bobo at sea, with the coastline vanishing
on the horizon.
A closer view of the same photo.
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