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USS Waxahachie (YTB-814)
The USS Waxahachie, at left
Namesake: Waxahachie, Texas
Awarded: 22 June 1970
Builder: Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Laid down: 1 April 1971
Launched: 9 September 1971
Acquired: 2 January 1972
Decommissioned: 2006
Reclassified: IX-545
Struck: 27 September 2011
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 (33 m)
Beam: 31 ft (9.4 m)
Draft: 14 ft (4.3 m)
Propulsion: One diesel propulsion engine, 2,000 hp (1,500 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 12
Armament: None

USS Waxahachie (YTB-814), sometimes misspelled Waxahatchie, was a United States Navy Natick-class large district harbor tug named for Waxahachie, Texas.[1]

Construction and commissioning[edit | edit source]

The contract for Waxahachie was awarded 22 June 1970. She was laid down down on 1 April 1971 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, by Peterson Builders and launched 9 September 1971.

Operational history[edit | edit source]

Delivered to the Navy on 4 January 1972 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Waxahachie was assigned to the 14th Naval District. She continued to serve the fleet actively, providing tug and tow services, as well as pilot assistance, at the busy Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor into 1980.

On 3 August 2007, was reclassified as an Unclassified miscellaneous vessel, stripped of her name and given the hull number IX-545. For the remainder of her career, IX-545 served as a reusable target vehicle.

Stricken from the Navy List 27 September 2011, ex-Waxahachie awaits disposal.

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