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USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167)
USNS Narragansett (T-ATF 167) underway
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Name: USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167)
Namesake: The Narragansett, a Native American tribe of the Algonquian language group, historically one of the leading tribes of New England
Builder: Marinette Marine, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 5 May 1977
Launched: 12 May 1979
Acquired: 9 November 1979
Out of service: 18 October 1999
Struck: 5 June 2002
Fate: Leased to commercial service
General characteristics
Class & type: Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug
Displacement: 1,387 long tons (1,409 t) light
2,000 long tons (2,032 t) full
Length: 226 ft (69 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: 2 × GM EMD 20-645F7B diesels (5.73 MW sustained), two shafts, bow thruster, 300 hp (224 kW)
Speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph)
Complement: 16 civilians, 4 navy (communications unit)

USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) was a Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug of the US Navy. The ship was laid down on 5 May 1977 by the Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wisconsin. Launched on 12 May 1979, and delivered to the Navy on 9 November 1979, Narragansett was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), and placed in service as USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167).

She participated in the search for the remains of the downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 in 1983.

The ship was placed out of service on 18 October 1999, and assigned to the inactive reserve. Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 5 June 2002, she was transferred to Naval Air Systems Command for service as tow/service vessel on 2 August 2002. Narragansett was leased through Naval Sea Systems Command (Supervisor of Salvage), for commercial service. She is currently managed and crewed by Donjon Marine of Hillside, New Jersey and home ported at Pier 80 in San Francisco, California.


  • Photo gallery of USNS Narragansett at NavSource Naval History
  • 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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