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Dekaury (YTM-178)
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Dekaury (YTB-178) (1944 - 1962)
Dekaury (YT-178) (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Bravo - Alpha
NUBA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal


District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 30 April 1942, by Gibbs Gas Engine Co., Jacksonville, FL.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in service in 1943, as Dekaury (YT-178), allocated to the 1st Naval District
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large YTB-178, 15 May 1944
  • Reallocated to the 12th Naval District in 1946
  • Placed out of service in September 1947
  • Reactivated and placed in service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., in September 1950
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-178 in February 1962
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1985
  • Transferred to the Stockton CA. Fire Department, date unknown
  • Sold private, date unknown
  • Dekaury is part of the "Naval Ships Restoration Foundation", a non-profit organization
  • Current Disposition, berthed at Pier 50, San Francisco as of January 2011, in the process of restoration.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 260 t.(lt)
    Length 101'
    Beam 26' 0"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    As Built
    Diesel,
    single propeller, 1,000shp
    Re-engined
    twin Cleveland 278's 650HP each Diesel electric engines
    single propeller 1,050shp
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    Rochester 67k USS Rochester (CA-124) departing Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 20 September 1953, following overhaul. She has been fitted with 3"/50 twin automatic gun mounts, replacing the 40mm guns she carried from 1946 to 1953. Awatobi (YTB-264) alongside her starboard side, forward--and Dekaury (YTB-178)-- at left-- are assisting her.
    US Navy photo # NH 84584 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Mazapeta 190k Dekaury (YTB-178) and Mazapeta (YTB-181) moored together at the Oakland Navel Supply Center in 1961. Jason Loger
    Robert E. Lee 838k USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601) ties up at the south end of Mare Island with the assistance of three tugs. Tug from left to right; Lelaka (YTB-514), Satanta (YTM-270) and Dekaury (YTB-178), 23 February 1965.
    Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo # 66690-2-65
    Darryl L. Baker
    Gurnard 687k The nuclear attack submarine PCU Gurnard (SSN-662) is in middle of the Mare Island Channel on 20 May 1967. Tugs assisting are from left to right: Satanta (YTM-270), DeKaury (YTM-178) coming up on the port side and YTL-435 on the starboard bow.
    US Navy Photo # 77760-5-67, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Guitarro 916k DeKaury (YTM-178) with Satanta (YTM-270) and Sea Mule (YTL-614) at the stern and YTL-435 at the bow escort the just launched nuclear attack submarine PCU Guitarro (SSN-655) on her way to dry dock to drop her launching cradle, 27 July 1968. Note there is an unidentified YTB in the background.
    US Navy Photo # 86063-7-68, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Hawkbill 1.1m Dekaury (YTM-178), and YTM-435 in mid channel assisting PCU Hawkbill (SSN-666) to the dry dock, 12 April 1969 after the submarine was launched at Mare Island Naval Ship.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 90952-4-69
    Darryl Baker
    Hawkbill 1.5m Dekaury (YTM-178), YTM-435 and YTL-434 in mid channel assisting PCU Hawkbill (SSN-666) to the dry dock, 12 April 1969 after the submarine was launched at Mare Island Naval Ship.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 90952-4-69
    Darryl Baker
    Guitarro 806k DeKaury (YTM-178) and Satanta (YTM-270) with the shipyard’s diving barge alongside the sail of the PCU Guitarro (SSN-655) late in the evening of 15 May 1969.
    US Navy photo # 91759-5-69
    Darryl Baker
    Guitarro 832k DeKaury (YTM-178) and Satanta (YTM-270) with the shipyard’s diving barge alongside the sail of the PCU Guitarro (SSN-655) on the morning of 16 May 1969.
    US Navy photo # 91762-5-69
    Darryl Baker
    Guitarro 889k DeKaury (YTM-178) and Satanta (YTM-270) with the shipyard’s diving barge alongside the sail of the PCU Guitarro (SSN-655) on the morning of 16 May 1969.
    US Navy photo # 91763-5-69
    Darryl Baker
    Guitarro 897k Dekaury (YTM-178 and YTL-435 escort PCU Guitarro (SSN-655) on 18 May 1969 while on her way to dry dock.
    US Navy photo # 91846-5-69
    Darryl Baker
    John C. Calhoun 410k USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) arrives at Mare Island Naval Shipyard to start her C-3 Poseidon conversion, 2 August 1969. She is assisted into her berth by DeKaury (YTM-178) at her bow, YTL-435 amidships and Satanta (YTM-270) at her stern. To the left is YD-172 alongside USS Sperry (AS-12).
    US Navy photo # 93424
    Darryl Baker
    John C. Calhoun 348k USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) arriving at Mare Island Naval Shipyard to start her C-3 Posidon conversion, 2 August 1969. Tugs assisting her are, at her bow. DeKaury (YTB-178), amidships YTL-435, and at her stern Satanta (YTM-270)..
    US Navy photo # 93420
    Darryl Baker
    Restoration
    Dekaury 133k Ex-Dekaury (YTM-178) with Santa Claus aboard, 23 December 2008. Dekaury is docked aft of Ex-USS Hornet (CVS-12) at Pier 3 of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, CA. Photo by Mike McCullough
    Dekaury 174k Ex-Dekaury (YTM-178) with Santa Claus aboard, 23 December 2008. Dekaury is docked aft of Ex-USS Hornet (CVS-12) at Pier 3 of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, CA. Photo by Mike McCullough
    Dekaury 174k Ex-Dekaury (YTM-178) moored at the former Naval Air Station Alameda, CA.
    Photo by Terry Erickson, courtesy Paul Smith US Navy Harbor Tugs web site
    Robert Hurst

    Dekaury (YT-178 / YTB-178 / YTM-178)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Navy History and Heritage Command
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    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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