USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168)

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USNS Catawba underway
Career (USA)
Name: USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168)
Namesake: The Catawba, a Native American people of the southeast United States
Owner: United States Navy
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 12 September 1975
Builder: Marinette Marine
Laid down: 14 December 1977
Launched: 22 September 1979
Acquired: 28 May 1980
Status: in active service, as of 2024
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,387 tons light, 2000 tons full
Length: 226 ft (69 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
Complement: Officers: 4 Enlisted: 13

The USNS Catawba is a USNS vessel and is a fleet tugboat. This means she belongs to the United States Navy and is designated T-ATF 168.

Ship history

File:USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) an MV Faina.jpg
The Catawaba, left, supplies the Faina, right.

Catawba provided MV Faina with food, water, and medical supplies after that ship was released by Somali pirates.[1]


  1. "Navy Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Faina Crew". American Forces Press Service. Feb. 6, 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 

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