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  AFDB-2 / ABSD-2 Floating Dry Dock 2
AFDB-1 Class
Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock

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USN 1944

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Ira Lefkowitz 1944

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Frank Morrill 1945

Ship History
Floating Dry Dock, designated ABSD-2. Built in pieces built in California at Mare Naval Yard at Mare Island. This dry dock was capable of lifting 100,000 tons.

Wartime History
Towed from California to the Admiralty Islands. Docked at Seeadler Harbor off Lombrum Point on Manus in 1944. Later, it was reclassified AFDB-2.

On April 22, 1945 at 1400 A6M2 Zero modified two seater piloted by Shimbo with Ensign Chuhei Okubo overflew Seeadler Harbor at 14,000 and observed two "aircraft carriers", actually floating dry docks. On April 27, 1945 at 2315 targeted by B5N2 Kate piloted by Takahashi that released its aerial torpedo that damaged a compartment on in one of the pontoons, moderately damaging the dry dock.

Decommissioned on March 24, 1987. The wreckage of this dry dock reportedly still remain in Seeadler Harbor off Lombrum Point.

The Siege of Rabaul page 79-85

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Last Updated
December 8, 2019


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