AK (FBM ) 260

Mothballing of the U.S,Navy cargo shipp USS Betelgeuse AK260at the Phildelpjia Naval Shipyard in Pennsylvina usinf a newly developed preservation method, circa 1971/The ship's deck, topside equipment and superstructure were completly coveredfrom bow to stern by a single , custuom engineerered, air-supported plastic structure within which dehumidified air was circulated. The advantage of this method was that significat time was saved is resctivating a ship to full operational staus. The new process required minimum dismantiling of a ship's topside equipmentfor stowage below deck.Winces, controllers, directors and othe topside gear remained in place.