|Ordered:||31 January 1964|
|Builder:||Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisconsin|
|Laid down:||15 October 1964|
|Launched:||8 July 1965|
|Acquired:||30 September 1965|
|Struck:||26 June 1996|
|Class & type:||Natick-class|
|Type:||Large District Harbor Tug|
|Displacement:||283 long tons (288 t)|
|Length:||109 ft (33 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft (9.4 m)|
|Draft:||14 ft (4.3 m)|
|Speed:||12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)|
Construction[edit | edit source]
The contract for Apopka was awarded 31 January 1964. She was laid down on 15 October 1964 at Marinette, Wisconsin by Marinette Marine and launched 8 July 1965.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
Upon entering into service, Apopka was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. By the beginning of 1966, she had crossed the Atlantic Ocean and had begun operations at SUBRON 14, Holy Loch, Scotland. When FBM Refit Site One at Holy Loch closed in 1992, Apopka was transferred to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Apopka (YTB-778)". http://www.navysite.de/ytb/ytb778.htm. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- Polmar, Norman (2005). The Naval Institute Guide To The Ships And Aircraft Of The U.S. Fleet. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. p. 344. ISBN 1591146852. http://books.google.com/books?id=8MwyTX-iA2wC&pg=PA343&lpg=PA343&dq=Negwagon+ytb-834&source=bl&ots=J1yGuljXWi&sig=AYuzCADa5cwz_ZG8qp2SXw2JCxE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UJKJT5ORHaqciALJ2bDaCw&ved=0CCQQ6AEwATgU#v=onepage&q=Negwagon%20ytb-834&f=false. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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