‘Pic of the Valley’ #4

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This ‘Pic of the Valley’ is of the Delta Mariner squeezing into the 110’x600′ Wheeler Lock. Wheeler is the first of 4 Tennessee River Navigation Locks the Mariner will transit on its way to the Gulf of Mexico via the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Built to safely transport sensitive high value cargo on both inland rivers and open oceans, the 312 feet long by 85 feet wide 8,000 horsepower Mariner is the largest vessel to operate on our Nations’ Inland Waterway System. The Delta Mariner transports Atlas and Delta rocket components that are critical to our nations’ space program and national security from the United Launch Alliance Assembly Facility on the Tennessee River in Decatur, Alabama to launch sites in Florida and California, extremely valuable cargo that is too large to efficiently transport by highway or rail.