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USS Ottumwa (YTB-761)

|Ship image=Ottumwa (YTB-761) |Ship caption= Ottumwa and USS Manhattan (YTB-779) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA. |module=<tr> <th height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Career (USA)</th> <th style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Flag of the United States.svg</th> </tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Awarded:</td><td> 14 October 1960</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Laid down:</td><td> 27 December 1960</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Launched:</td><td> 30 May 1961</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>In service:</td><td> 9 October 1961</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Struck:</td><td> 28 October 2002</td></tr> |module2=<tr> <th colspan="2" height="30" style="background-color: #B0C4DE; text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">General characteristics </th></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Class & type:</td><td> Natick-class Large District Harbor Tug</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Displacement:</td><td> 282 long tons (287 t) (light)
344 long tons (350 t) (full)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Length:</td><td> 109 ft (33 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Beam:</td><td> 29 ft 7 in (9.02 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Draft:</td><td> 14 ft (4.3 m)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Propulsion:</td><td> diesel, single screw</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Speed:</td><td> 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align:top;"><td>Complement:</td><td> 12</td></tr> }}

USS Ottumwa (YTB–761) was a United States Navy Natick-class large district harbor tug named for Ottumwa, Iowa.[1]

Construction and commissioningEdit

The contract for Ottumwa was awarded 14 October 1960. She was laid down down on 27 December 1960 at Jakobson Shipyard, Oyster Bay, New York and launched 30 May 1961.

Operational historyEdit

First assigned duty in the 14th Naval District, she took up and ably performed the vast array of tasks appropriate to tugs at Pearl Harbor. She continued active service at Pearl Harbor into 1970. Sometime before decommissioning, Ottumwa was transferred to Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Washington.

Stricken from the Navy List 28 October 2002, she was transferred to the General Services Administration (GSA) under the Property Donation Exchange Program, 8 July 2004. Since then, ex-Ottumwa has been extensively modified and serves as a commercial tug in the Puget Sound area.[2]


  1. "USS Ottumwa (YTB-761)". Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  2. "Before and After". Lowell, MA: National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. 2010. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 

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