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International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Victor - Yankee

YTL-161 was transferred to France, named Hirondelle
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, circa 1940-41, at Luders Marine Construction Co., Stamford, CT.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service, date unknown, as YT-161 allocated to the Fleet
  • YT-161 was assigned to North Africa
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Small YTL-161 in 1944
  • During World War II YT-161 / YTL-161 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, 9 July 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 15 August 1944
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to France in 1944, named Hirondelle
  • Designated Y657 in 1960
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • YT / YTL-161 earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement unknown
    Length 66' 2"
    Beam 17'
    Draft 4' 11"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single propeller 240shp

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    YT-161 70k YT-161 underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bill Mozingo
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for YT-161 / YTL-161 available at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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