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USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766)
USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766)
USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766)
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Name: USS Wapakoneta
Namesake: Wapakoneta
Awarded: 7 December 1961
Builder: Southern Shipbuilding Company, Slidell, Louisiana
Laid down: 1 August 1962
Launched: 11 June 1963
Acquired: 25 July 1963
Struck: 16 April 2001
Fate: Sold 16 July 2001
General characteristics
Class & type: Natick class Large District Harbor Tug
Displacement: 283 long tons (288 t) (light)
356 long tons (362 t) (full)
Length: 109 ft 0 in (33.22 m)
Beam: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)
Draft: 14 ft 0 in (4.27 m)
Installed power: 2000 horsepower (1.5 MW)
Propulsion: one diesel engine, one screw
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 12

USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766) was a United States Navy Natick class large district harbor tug named for, Shawnee chief Wapakoneta.[1]

Construction and commissioningEdit

The contract for Wapakoneta was awarded 7 December 1961. She was laid down down on 1 August 1962 at Slidell, Louisiana, by Southern Shipbuilding Corporation and launched 11 June 1963.

Operational historyEdit

In October 1963, Wapakoneta was placed in service in the 5th Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia. She performed unglamorous, but vital, duties in those waters, providing tug and tow services, pilot assistance, and stand-by waterfront fire protection.

After more than 37 years of service at Norfolk Naval Base, Wapakoneta was stricken from the Navy List on 16 April 2001 and was sold on 16 July 2001.


External linksEdit

  • Photo gallery of USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at NavSource Naval History

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