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USS Washtucna (YTB-826)
USS Washtucna
Washtucna (lower right) assists submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) into her berth outboard of submarine USS Plunger (SSN-595) at Submarine Base San Diego, California, on 1 July 1982. Submarine tender USS Dixon (AS-37) is at the rear.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Washtucna (YTB-826)
Namesake: Washtucna, a Native American chief, and the town of Washtucna, Washington
Awarded: 9 August 1971
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 1 May 1973
Launched: 9 October 1973
Acquired: 11 December 1973
Reclassified: Yard tug, YT-801, 7 October 2008
Struck: 21 August 1997
Reinstated: 7 October 2008
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class & type: Natick class Large District Harbor Tug
Displacement: 286 long tons (291 t) (light)
346 long tons (352 t) (full)
Length: 108 ft (33 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draft: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Installed power: 2000 horsepower (1.5 MW)
Propulsion: Diesel engine, one screw
Converted to twin z-drive, 2008
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 12

USS Washtucna (YTB-826) was a United States Navy Natick class large district harbor tug named for Washtucna, Washington.

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

The contract for Washtucna was awarded 9 August 1971. She was laid down down on 1 May 1973 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by Marinette Marine and launched 9 October 1973.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

Placed in service at San Diego, California, Washtucna performed local and coastal towing tasks for the 11th Naval District.

Stricken from the Navy List 21 August 1997, ex-Washtucna was transferred to the Department of the Interior at Midway Island[1] 17 October 1997. Converted to twin z-drive,[2] she was reacquired by the navy and reinstated on 7 October 2008. Ex-Washtucna was simultaneously reclassified and redesignated as unnamed yard tug YT-801.

Currently in active service at Bangor, Washington as Z-826.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Photo gallery of USS Washtucna (YTB-826) at NavSource Naval History

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