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USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Bravo - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Bottom Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean)

Powhatan Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 5 May 1977, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 12 May 1979
  • Delivered to the Navy, 9 November 1979
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), and placed in service as USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167)
  • Placed out of service, 18 October 1999, assigned to inactive reserve
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 2002
  • Transferred, 2 August 2002, to NAVAIR for service as tow/service vessel
  • Leased through Naval Sea Systems Command (Supervisor of Salvage) to DonJon Marine, for commercial service
    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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    USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167)
    Narragansett 60k USNS Narragansett (T-AF-167) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Narragansett 184k USNS Narragansett (T-AF-167) at anchor, Singapore, 1981.
    Photo by Don Meehan.
    Chris Howell
    Narragansett 317k Crewmen and representatives from Eastport International prepare to deploy the unmanned submersible Deep Drone, 17 September 1983, from USNS Narragansett (T-AF-167) as the salvage ship USS Conserver (ARS-39) stands off nearby during the salvage operations for the downed Korean Air Lines Flight 007 (KAL-007). The commercial jet was shot down by Soviet aircraft over Sakhalin Island on August 30, 1983 in the Sea of Japan. All 269 passengers and crewmen were killed.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-89-02927 by PH1 Barbante, USN, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Barbour County 2705k An Aerial view of USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) preparing to pull the beached and broached USS Barbour County (LST-1195) off the beach at Silver Strand Amphibious Boat area, Coronado, CA., 26 April 1984..
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-SC-85-00380 CORONADO, Calif. (26 April 1984), a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense
    Robert M. Cieri
    Narragansett 75k USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) with the decommissioned battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) in tow departs Naval Station Long Beach, CA., 3 April 1992, enroute to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
    US Navy photo by PH1 C.T. Yebba.
    Commercial Service (US Navy Contract Service)
    Tripoli 297k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by Ex-USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 1098k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by Narragansett outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Narragansett 130k Narragansett moored pierside at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA., 10 March 2008. .
    Narragansett 42k Narragansett moored pierside at the former U. S. Naval Shipyard, Mare Island , CA., 27 October 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 141k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in the Panama Canal coming out of Gaillard Cut and heading into Gatun Lake near the town of Gamboa., 26, March 2015. Ex-Tripoli was under dead tow by Narragansett. The Panama Canal tug acts as a rudder during transit. Photos by Bill Fall
    Tripoli 141k
    Narragansett 245k

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) 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
    TugBoat Information.Com - Narragansett
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