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Lelaka (YTM-777)
Lelaka (YTB-514) (1945 - 1966)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Charlie - Alpha
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

Cholocco Class District Harbor Tug, Large:
  • Laid down, 12 August 1945, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 10 October 1945
  • Delivered and placed in service, as Lelaka (YTB-514), 14 December 1945
  • Initially allocated to the 13th Naval District.
  • Reallocated to the 12th Naval District (San Francisco) in January 1946
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-777 in March 1967
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 November 1980, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS)
    Displacement 218 t.(lt) 345 t.(fl)
    Length 100'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 10
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion Diesel, single propeller

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    Lelaka (YTB-514)
    Satanta 3076k Satanta (YTM-270), Sea Mule (YTL-614), YTL-435 on the port side and Lelaka (YTB-514) on the starboard side of USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) nudge the fleet ballistic submarine into dry dock #2 to drop her launching cradle at Mare Island on 15 September 1962. Sea Mule (YTL 614) is removing ship riders. File name: SSBN 619 56219-9-62, Navy Photo 56219-9-62, 9/15/62 Darryl Baker
    Lelaka 405k Lelaka (YTB-514) assisting ex-USS Suncock (AN-80) from her berth at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in August 1964. Suncock was being reactivated for use by the Department of Interiors Bureau of Mines.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Lelaka 272k
    YTL-435 1941k USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) returns to Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 10 February 1965 after a shakedown cruise and missile test-firing. Harbor tugs YTL-435, YTL-434, Orono (YTM-190) and Lelaka (YTB 514) nudge the submarine into her berth.
    File name: SSBN 634 66640-2-65 TH
    Darryl Baker
    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
    Lelaka (YTM-777)
    Lelaka 1339k Lelaka (YTM-777) and Satanta (YTM-270) assist USS Worden (DLG-18) into Dry Dock #3 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 18 January 1968.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Lelaka 818k Lelaka (YTM-777) and YTL-435 moving the refloated USS Guitarro (SSN-665) to dry dock at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 19 May 1969.
    US Navy photo, courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, File name: SSN 665 91846D-5-69 TH.
    Darryl Baker

    Lelaka (YTB-514 / YTM-777)
    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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