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USS Washtucna (YTB-826)
USS Washtucna (YTB-826)
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.
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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 commissioningEdit

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 historyEdit

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]


External linksEdit

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

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