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Wapakoneta (YTB-766)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Mike
NEKM
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 1 August 1962 by the Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, LA.
  • Launched, 11 June 1963
  • Delivered, 25 July 1963
  • Placed in service as Wapakoneta (YTB-766) in October 1963 in the 5th Naval District at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 April 2001
  • Sold, 16 July 2001, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Boston Tow Boat for $296,037, renamed Hercules
  • Current Disposition, operates under contract providing tug service at NOB Norfolk, VA.
    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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    Wapakoneta (YTB-766)
    Inchon 1068k USS Inchon (LPH-12) being assisted into her berth in the Hampton Roads area, date unknown. The two tugs appear to be Palatka (YTB-801) at the bow and Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at her stern. David Buell
    Guadalcanal 78k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) and two unidentified tugs assist USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) at Norfolk, VA., 10 August 1964. Underway in the background is USS O'Hare DD-889. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Wapakoneta 80k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) alongside USS Hyades (AF-28) at NOB Norfolk, VA., 24 July 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Wapakoneta 75k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway after assisting in the mooring of USS Fremont (APA-44) at NOB Norfolk, VA., Pier 4, 26 August 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Okmulgee 90k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway at NOB Norfolk, VA., in the distance, 24 August 1964. Wapakoneta and Okmulgee (YTB-765) have just completed the mooring of USS Fremont (APA-44) at NOB Norfolk, VA., Pier 4, 26 August 1964 outboard of USS Aldebaran (AF-10).
    Photo taken from USS Multiphen (AKA-61) at berth 301
    © Richard Leonhardt
    CVA-67 John F. Kennedy 103k Front to back, Wapakoneta (YTB-766), Marinette (YTB-791) and Dahlonega (YTB-770) push USS John F. Kennedy (CVA-67) into position at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., circa 1967-68. Robert Hurst
    Dahlonega 1640k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway with Dahlonega (YTB-770) off NOB Norfolk, VA., 20 October 1978.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-88-00741, a US Navy photo by PH3 Robert DeWayne, now in the collections of Defense Visual Imagery.mil
    Tom Kermen
    Wapakoneta 251k Wapakoneta (YTB-766) underway in Hampton Roads off NOB Norfolk, VA., 1 January 1990.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-91-06149 by PH1 Micheal D.P. Flynn, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Commercial Service
    Wapakoneta 75k Ex- Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at right, as the Boston Towing Companies tug Hercules and ex-Palatka (YTB-801) at left, as the Boston Towing Companies tug Maverick moored in Boston harbor, date unknown. Courtesy Paul Smith

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    US Navy Harbor Tug Boats

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