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Muskegon (YTB-763)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Kilo - Xray
NAKX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 1 February 1962, by the Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, LA.
  • Launched, 8 August 1962
  • Completed and delivered to the Navy, 19 April 1963
  • Placed in service as Muskegon (YTB-763) in April 1963 in the 11th Naval District at Naval Station San Diego, CA.
  • Reassigned to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), date unknown
  • Current Disposition, active in service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single screw

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    Muskegon 3192k Muskegon (YTB-763) amongst a nest of destroyers at Naval Station San Diego, CA., 5 February 1966. Ships present, left to right, include:
    USS Cavalier (APA-37)
    Unidentified Destroyer
    USS Herbert J. Thomas (DD-833)
    USS Braine (DD-630)
    USS Stoddard (DD-566)
    USS Ingersoll (DD-654)
    USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7) and
    USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5).
    The sailor in the foreground is ETR3 Rich Wooley USN.
    Photo ©Richard Leonhardt
    Vincennes 93k Muskegon (YTB-763) and Arawak (YTM-702) assist USS Kalmia (ATA-184) towing the old cruiser ex-USS Vincennes (CL-64) out of San Diego Bay, 7 October 1969. Ex-Vincennes was expended as a target off the coast of Southern California, 28 October 1969. Note that the cruiser's gun barrels have been cut off.
    US Navy photo # K-77750 from the collections of the US Naval Historic Center.
    US Naval Historical Center web site
    Muskegon 5131k Muskegon (YTB-763) moving in alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in preparation for docking the ship at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), 11 March 1994. Carl Vinson was making a port visit before deploying to the Persian Gulf.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-95-00517 by PHAN Trahan, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Muskegon 90k Muskegon (YTB-763) while working in the harbor at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), 13 May 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040513N2101W031 by PH1 Alan Warner, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Coronado 147k Muskegon (YTB-763) assists the USS Coronado (AGF-11) as she arrives at Fleet Activities base, Yokosuka, Japan, 24 March 2004.
    US Navy photo contributed the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors by Ray Longaker.
    Robert Hurst
    Massapequa
    157k USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) is pushed away from a pier by Massapequa (YTB-807) and Muskegon (YTB-763) at Commander Fleet Activities Base (FAB) Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan, 10 February 2005.
    US Navy photo # 050210-N-5686B-005 by PH2 Crystal M. Brooks
    Robert M. Cieri
    Muskegon 644k Muskegon (YTB-763) assists the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes (CG-49) away from a pier at Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan (CFAY), for the last time. Vincennes departed Yokosuka for Naval Station San Diego, CA, where she will be decommissioned, 4 July 2005.
    US Navy photo # 050704-N-7526R-003 by JOSN Mark R. Plate, USN, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo

    Muskegon (YTB-763)
    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
    US Navy Harbor Tug Boats

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