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YTB-229 Alarka


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Cahto Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 31 August 1944, at Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, N.Y.
  • Launched, 20 January 1945
  • Delivered to the Navy, 5 April 1945 and placed in service as Alarka (YTB-229), 6 April 1945 allocated to Buckner Bay, Okinawa
  • Deactivated and placed out of service at Sasebo, Japan, in 1946
  • Sold, 23 December 1946 to the Chinese Supply Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    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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    YTB-229 124k Alarka (YTB-229) (center) and ATA-209 (left) guide the center section of YFD-6 through Culebra Cut in the Panama Canal, circa May-June 1945. Navy SeaBees turned YFD-6's center section on its side and installed a thousand pontoons atop the wing wall to allow the drydock to float on its side during the canal transit. The photograph was released for publication on 25 June 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 98829 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center

    View the Alarka (YTB-229)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Not Applicable to this Vessel
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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