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An unusual vessel headed for a Seattle shipyard could attract a lot of attention this week as it moves through Puget Sound.

It's a mobile radar station mounted on a floating oil-drilling platform.

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“It’s 25 stories tall and looks like a giant, floating golf trophy.”

The Herald of Everett takes first prize for describing a massive vessel the federal government plans to bring to the region this spring.

The Sea-Based X-Band Radar vessel (SBX for short) is, according to a release by the Missle Defense Agency, “an integral part of the nation’s Ballistic Missle Defense System” (BMDS for short; the military does love its acronyms).