Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Oswegatchie (YTM-778)
ex
Oswegatchie (YTB-515) (1945 - 1966)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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



Oswegatchie (YTB-515) was transferred to Venezuela and renamed ARBVJose Felix Ribas (R-13)
Cholocco Class District Harbor Tug, Large:
  • Laid down, 13 August 1945, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 24 October 1945
  • Delivered and placed in service, as Oswegatchie (YTB-515), 28 December 1945, LTjg. David C. Richardson USN in charge
  • Initially allocated to the 13th Naval District.
  • Reallocated to the 14th Naval District (Pearl Harbor) in January 1946
  • Assumed duties as harbor tug, 17 February 1946 in the 14th Naval District
  • 29 June 1946 Oswegatchie began towing the self-propelled covered lighter YF 295 from Pearl Harbor to Astoria, OR. for lay up..
  • Laid up, 2 August 1946, in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Reactivated and transferred, leased, to Venezuela in June 1965, renamed ARBV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13), LTjg. Reinaldo Ramírez Dala, Venezuela Navy, in command
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-778 in March 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • renamed ARBV Fernando Gomez (RP-21) in 1978
  • Final Disposition, sunk in the Caribbean Sea in 2004
    Specifications:
    Displacement 218 t.(lt) 345 t.(fl)
    Length 100'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 9' 7"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 10
    Armament two .50 cal machine gun
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    Oswegatchie 108k Eleventh Naval District News Release, dated 28 May 1965, announcing the transfer of the large harbor tug Oswegatchie (YTB-515) to the Government of Venezuela, 3 June 1965, at Naval Station San Diego. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV-R13 Jose Felix Ribas 1965
    Oswegatchie 119k
    Oswegatchie 60k Pierside dignitaries and guests at the commissioning of ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) (ex-Oswegatchie (YTB-515)) into the Navy of Venezuela, 3 June 1965, at Naval Station San Diego. Note USS Polk County (LST-1084) moored astern of ex-Oswegatchie. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 839k Ex-Oswegatchie (YTB-515) being accepted into the Venezuelan Navy at Naval Station San Diego, 3 June 1965. as ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13). The officer with the flag is LTjg. Reinaldo Ramirez Dala the first "skipper". In the background is USS Paul Revere (APA-248) Pedro San Miguel, skipper Fernando Gomez 1985-1987
    Oswegatchie 55k Ex-Oswegatchie (YTB-515) being accepted into the Venezuelan Navy at Naval Station San Diego, 3 June 1965. as ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13). The officer with the flag is LTjg. Reinaldo Ramirez Dala the first "skipper". Note USS Polk County (LST-1084) moored astern of ex-Oswegatchie. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 56k ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13), moored pierside at Naval Station San Diego after being handed off to the Venezuelan Navy, 3 June 1965, at Naval Station San Diego, CA. Note USS Polk County (LST-1084) moored astern of ex-Oswegatchie. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 67k LTjg Reinaldo Ramirez VN, first skipper of ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13), San Diego, 3 June 1965. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 64k
    Oswegatchie 75k ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) crew photo, circa June 1965, Disneyland, CA. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 204k Various photos of ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) crew while in California in 1965. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 76k ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) moored pierside in 1968 at the Venezuela Naval Station in Puerto Cabello. CDR Reinaldo Ramirez (Rey) VN, skipper ARV Jose Felix Ribas (R-13) 1965
    Oswegatchie 55k ARBV Fernando Gomez (RP-21) at sea as a unit of the Venezuelan Navy Coast Guard, circa 1991. Pedro San Miguel, skipper Fernando Gomez 1985-1987
    Oswegatchie 60k ARBV Fernando Gomez (RP-21) moored in the navy area of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, 14 November, 2008. Photo by Captain Ted at Shipspotting.com Reinaldo Ramirez Dala

    Oswegatchie (YTB-515 / YTM-778)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Yard and District Craft Photo Index Back To The District Harbor Tug, Large (YTB) Photo Index Back To The District Harbor Tug, Medium (YTM) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 7 July 2011