PANAMA - Deck Force (personnel assigned for work above decks) aboard CGC CAMPBELL (WMEC 909) taking a break and await orders from their BDC (Boat Deck Captain) while preparing to begin the nine hour transit through the Panama Canal. Once entering the canal zone, it can take up to two days to get clearance and wait for the ship's place in line for the transit from either the Pacific or Atlantic side.
Views like this in the canal zone are common during the golden hours, especially during winter months when the ambient temperature hovers in the mid-80's and the air is thick with humidity. Add a sky full of passing storm cloud and you have a wonderful recipe for some great images.
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