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Arivaca (YTM-259)
Arivaca (YTB-259) (1944 - 1962)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Victor - Zulu
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

Cahto Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down as YT-259, 25 April 1944, by Anderson & Cristofani, San Francisco, CA.
  • Reclassified District Harbor Tug, Large YTB-259 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 28 October 1944
  • Delivered and placed in service, 24 January 1945, as Arivaca (YTB-259), allocated to the 12th Naval District
  • Deactivated mid-1955
  • Reactivated in October 1957 in the 12th Naval District
  • Reclassified Harbor District Tug, Medium YTM-259, February 1962
  • Placed out of service in 1964
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold, fate unknown
    Displacement 410 t.
    Length 110'
    Beam 27' 0"
    Draft 11' 4"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    Castle Rock 139k Arivaca (YTB-259) in the dock of ARD-11 at the far right center. ARD 32 is empty in the background. In the foreground is USCGC Castle Rock (WAVP-383) under repair at Mare Naval Shipyard, 18 December 1948.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 2703-12-48 1/5/49.
    Darryl Baker
    Castle Rock 1598k Arivaca (YTM-259), ARD-10 in the foreground and YRB-15 in the background, berthed in the reserve fleet area on the north end of Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 9 September 1963.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker

    Arivaca (YTB-259 / YTM-259)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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

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