a. Loading/Unloading a Bridge to/from a Launcher - CONT
(d) Lock the locking plugs (6) by pushing down on locking cylinder lever (lever #4) on the valve
bank. This secures the tongue cross pins (11) in the cross pin sockets (located on the inner
surface of the ramps).
(e) Lift quick-disconnect locking lever (7) to the unlocked position. Inspect two female
receptacles (8) and two male connectors (9) for dirt, sand, pebbles, etc., that would hamper the
hydraulic connection. Clear if necessary.
Near-shore hydraulic quick-disconnect lines must be crossed at the near-shore end. Near-
shore is determined by the presence of the scissor cylinder in that half of the bridge.
(f) Connect two bridge hydraulic lines (10) to female tongue receptacles (8).
(g) Lower the outrigger pad to the ground. To retrieve the bridge, lift up on the tongue 6 to 8
inches by pushing down on the tongue cylinder control lever #2 while lowering the overhead
cylinder by pushing down on the overhead cylinder lever #1 the same approximate distance.
Repeat this operation until the base plate of the outrigger is fully seated on the ground.
(h) Push down on the scissor cylinder lever #3 at the same time while pushing down on the
tongue cylinder lever #2. The bridge will lift from the surface (retract) and begin to scissor
Maintain pressure on levers #2 and #3 until the bridge is in a vertical position.
Push down on the overhead cylinder lever #1 and lay the scissored bridge on the bridge seat of
the launcher. Be sure the bridge is properly seated.
(1) Bridge is now ready for transport.
(2) Unloading. The bridge may be unloaded in two different configurations: extended flat
(launched), or scissored. Paragraph (a) below covers an extended (flat) launch. Paragraph (b)
covers launching in a scissored configuration.
(a) Extended Flat (launched).
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