USS Acoma (YTB-701)

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Name: USS Acoma
Namesake: An Indian tribe of the Keresan family native to Valencia County, New Mexico
Builder: Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California
Laid down: 2 July 1945
Launched: 30 August 1945
Acquired: by the Navy on 12 March 1946
Commissioned: August 1946
Recommissioned: February 1962
Decommissioned: December 1985
Reclassified: YTM-701, February 1962
Struck: December 1985
Fate: Transferred to unspecified Government agency; fate unknown
General characteristics
Type: Hisada-class district harbor tug, large
Tonnage: 260 tons
Length: 100 feet (30 m)
Beam: 25 feet (7.6 m)
Draft: 9 feet 7 inches (2.92 m)
Propulsion: diesel engine, single screw
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)

USS Acoma (YTB-701/YTM-701) was a Hisada-class district harbor tug built during the end of World War II. She was placed into reserve until 1962, when she was released to the 1st Naval District, where she served as a tugboat for the next 40 years before being disposed of, as excess to Navy needs.

Built in California

Acoma (YTB-701) was laid down on 2 July 1945 at San Pedro, California, by the Bethlehem Steel Company; launched on 30 August 1945, delivered to the Navy on 12 March 1946; and placed in the San Diego, California, Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

Post-World War II service

However, the tug was activated in August 1946 for duty in the 1st Naval District. That assignment has kept her busy since then. In February 1962, Acoma was reclassified a medium harbor tug and was redesignated YTM-701.

Final decommissioning

She concluded almost 40 years of service in December 1985 when she was placed out of service. Her name was struck from the Navy list at the same time, and she was subsequently transferred to some unspecified other agency.

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