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Wapakoneta (YTB-766)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Mike
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.
    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
    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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