USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766)

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USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766))
USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Wapakoneta
Namesake: Wapakoneta, a Shawnee chief, and the town of Wapakoneta, Ohio, home town of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon
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 and type: Natick-class large harbor tug
Displacement: 356 tons (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
Complement: 12

The second USS Wapakoneta (YTB-766) was a United States Navy large harbor tug in commission from 1963 to 2001.

Wapakoneta was laid down on 1 August 1962 by Southern Shipbuilding Company at Slidell, Louisiana. She was launched on 11 June 1963 and delivered to the U.S. Navy on 25 July 1963.

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.


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