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USS Apopka (YTB-778)
Name: USS Apopka (YTB-778)
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
General characteristics
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)
Complement: 12
Armament: None

USS Apopka (YTB-778) was a United States Navy Natick class large district harbor tug named for Apopka, Florida.[1]

Construction and commissioning[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.

Striken from the Navy List 26 June 1996, ex-Apopka was transferred the Maritime Administration to be used at the James River Reserve Fleet.[2]

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