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YT-800
ex
Manhattan (YTB-779) (1965 - 2004)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Papa - Xray
NQPX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right

National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1964, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 19 May 1965
  • Completed, 15 July 1965
  • Delivered and placed in service as Manhattan (YTB-779) 19 August 1965
  • Assigned to the Pacific Fleet for service at Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor
  • During the Vietnam War available records indicate Manhattan was known to be in country between November 1966 and September 1968 and would have participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    September 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to August 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
     

  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 2004
  • Sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 23 August 2005, sold to Grant Westmoreland, LMW Investments Inc. for $151,888
  • Converted to Twin Z Drive, reacquired by the US Navy and reactivated to Active Service in Bangor WA. as the unnamed tug YT-800 date unknown Manhattan (YTB-779) would have earned at least seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    as built - diesel, single screw
    upgraded - twin Z drive
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    Manhattan (YTB-779)
    Manhattan 142k Manhattan (YTB-779) at Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines with PCFs being stated for Vietnam, circa 1964-66. Photo by LTjg. Larry Irwin, USS Floyd County (LST-762)
    Manhattan 33k Manhattan (YTB-779) going up river past Bach Dong Landing and the White Elephant (Naval headquarters) in South Vietnam, date unknown.
    Photo contributed by Fred Reep to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.
    Robert Hurst
    Manhattan 56k Manhattan (YTB-779) in the small auxiliary floating dry dock AFDL-21 after bending a wheel on a breakwater in South Vietnam, date unknown.
    Photo contributed by Fred Reep to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.
    Robert Hurst
    Manhattan 2002k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) escort the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) through the Hood Canal in Puget Sound, WA. The tugs spraying water into the air is a traditional marine welcome.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-83-00533 by PH1 Harold Gerwien, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manhattan 1968k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) escort the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) through the Hood Canal in Puget Sound, WA. The tugs spraying water into the air is a traditional marine welcome.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-83-00534 by PH1 Harold Gerwien, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manhattan 1455k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-83-00540 by PH1 Harold Gerwien, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manhattan 1777k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-83-00541 by PH1 Harold Gerwien, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manhattan 2511k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA. The Coast Guard medium endurance cutter USCGC Yocona (WMEC-168) is in the background.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-83-00543 by PH2 Shayna Brennan, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manhattan 1738k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA.
    DVIC photo # DN-SN-83-00554 by PH2 Shayna Brennan, USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manhattan 39k Manhattan (YTB-779) and Ottumwa (YTB-761) assist in the docking of the nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS Ohio (SSBN-726) at Delta Pier, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, WA.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Manhattan 142k Manhattan (YTB-779) underway, date and location unknown. Photo contributed by Ray Longaker to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Robert Hurst
    Manhattan 110k Manhattan (YTB-779) underway, date and location unknown. Photo contributed by Ray Longaker to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors. Robert Hurst
    Manhattan 100k Manhattan (YTB-779) underway in the Hood Canal heading for her next assignment circa 1999. In the background is Mt. Baker.
    US Navy photo contributed by Ray Longaker to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.
    Robert Hurst
    Manhattan 146k Manhattan (YTB-779) underway probably in the Hood Canal, date unknown.
    Photo contributed by Bill Mozinga to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.
    Robert Hurst
    Germantown
    080729-N-7656R-001
    730k Harbor tugs Manhattan (YTB-779) and Canonchet (YTB-823) assist USS Germantown (LPD-42) as she arrives in Seattle for the 2008 Seafair Fleet Week. During the week long stay in Seattle, Sailors will get a chance to explore the local community. Navy Weeks are designed to raise awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy presence.
    US Navy photos # 080729-N-7656R-001 SEATTLE (July 29, 2008)
    un-numbered US Navy photo from the Navy Memorial collections submitted by Stan Svec
    080729-N-7656R-002 SEATTLE (July 29, 2008) and
    080729-N-7656R-003 SEATTLE (July 29, 2008) by MC2 Eric J. Rowley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Manhattan
    un-numbered
    72k
    Germantown
    080729-N-7656R-002
    527k
    Germantown
    080729-N-7656R-003
    487k
    Commercial Service
    Manhattan 153k Ex-Manhattan (YTZ-1) in commercial service at Bangor, WA., date unknown. Photo from Professional Mariner courtesy, Steve Frailey. Contributed to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors by Fred Reep. Robert Hurst

    Manhattan (YTB-779)
    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
    All Hands Magazine, November 1966
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    US Navy Harbor Tug Boats

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