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Standing on the fantail of the USS Iowa, dignitaries watched as a dredge lifted the final bucket of material from the water and emptied it into an adjacent barge, marking the end of a $370 million channel deepening project at the Port of Los Angeles April 3. Available in High Definition.


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This work, Final Bucket Marks Completion of Port of LA channel deepening, by Brooks Hubbard IV, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.3.2013

Date Posted:04.10.2013 8:56PM

Category:Package

Video ID:286387

VIRIN:130403-A-AB280-001

Filename:DOD_100782494

Length:00:02:36

Location:LOS ANGELES, CA, USGlobe

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