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USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Xray - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166) was sold to Turkey and renamed TCG Inebolu (A-590)
Powhatan Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 30 September 1976, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 24 June 1978
  • Delivered to the Navy, 15 June 1979
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166)
  • Placed out of service, 26 February 1999, and leased for commercial to DONJON Marine Co., Inc., Hillside, N.J. subject recall by the Navy
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 2008
  • Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), Foreign Military Sale, 26 February 2008, to Turkey
  • Commissioned into the Turkish Navy as TCG Inebolu (A-590)
    Displacement 1,387 t.(lt) 2,000 t.(fl)
    Length 226'
    Beam 42'
    Draft 15' (max)
    Speed 14.5 kts.
    Civilian Mariners 16
    Navy (Communications Unit) 4
    two GMC EMD 20-645F7B Diesel engines (5.73 MW sustained)
    two shafts, controllable reversible pitch propellers mounted in Kort nozzles, 7,200shp
    bow thruster, 300hp (224KW)

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    Powhatan (born June 17, 1545; died April 1618), whose proper name was Wahunsenacawh (alternately spelled Wahunsenacah, Wahunsunacock or Wahunsonacock), was the paramount chief of Tsenacommacah, an alliance of Algonquian-speaking Virginia Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia at the time English settlers landed at Jamestown in 1607.
    Powhatan, alternately called "King" or "Chief" Powhatan by the English, led the main political and military power facing the early colonists, was probably the older brother of Opechancanough, who led attacks against the English in 1622 and 1644. He was the father of Pocahontas, who eventually converted to Christianity and married the English settler John Rolfe.
    Tommy Trampp
    Powhatan 103k USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Powhatan 274k USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166) drydocked at Bailey's Commercial Drydock, Barry Docks, Great Britain, October 1981.
    Photo by the late Les Ring.
    Chris Howell
    Powhatan 48k USNS Powhatan (T-ATF 166) with USS Wisconsin (BB 64) under tow from Philadelphia to Norfolk off Cape Henry. Photo taken on 17 October 1996. © Atlantic Fleet Sales/ Nobe Smith
    Powhatan 124k USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166) builders plaque. JR. David D. Carney
    Commercial Service
    Powhatan 264k Powhatan tows the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) out of Naval Station Mayport, FL. enroute to Norfolk, VA. Homeported at Naval Station Mayport since 1995, John F. Kennedy was towed to Hampton Roads for temporary lay up until she can be transferred to the Navy Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia.
    US Navy photo # 070726-N-8544C-032 MAYPORT, FL.. (July 26, 2007) by MC2 Susan Cornell.
    Douglas Brown
    Powhatan 72k Powhatan tows the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) enroute to Norfolk, VA.
    US Navy photo # 070730-N-7955L-087 ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 30, 2007) by MCSN Christopher Lange.
    Douglas Brown
    Powhatan 266k Powhatan alongside a pier probably at VSE Corp., Charleston, S.C., date unknown. JR. David D. Carney
    TCG Inebolu (A-590)
    Powhatan 1368k Ex-USNS Powhatan (T-ATF-166) in Turkish Naval service as TCG Inebolu (A-590) moored pierside about 12 June, 2008, at VSE Corp., Charleston, S.C. Moored across the pier is the MSC Prepositioning Ship MV PFC Dewayne T. Williams (AK-3009). JR. David D. Carney

    There is no DANFS history available for Powhatan (T-ATF-166) at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    US Navy Fact File - Fleet Ocean Tugs - T-ATF
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