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Niantic (YTB-781)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Yankee - Delta
NPYD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 10 December 1964, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 7 September 1965
  • Completed, 10 November 1965, and delivered to the Navy
  • Placed in service as Niantic (YTB-781) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI. in June 1966
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 26 April 2006
  • Final Disposition, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) reuse/conversion, 11 February 2008
    Specifications:
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single propeller

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    Niantic 34k Niantic (YTB-781) underway at Pearl Harbor, circa 1971. Photo courtesy, National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Bruce L. Jones. Robert Hurst
    Niantic 34k Niantic (YTB-781) underway at Pearl Harbor as seen from the deck of a merchant ship, early in the morning, circa January 1985. Photo courtesy, National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, contributed by Richard Seelnacht. Robert Hurst
    Waxahachie 448k From left to right; Waxahachie (YTB-814), Neodesha (YTB-815), Niantic (YTB-781) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) escort USS Missouri (BB-63) as she arrives at Naval Station Pearl Harbor while enroute to her home port of Naval Station Long Beach, CA., 1 May 1987.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-92-02606 by OS2 John Bouvia
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Niantic 123k Niantic (YTB-781) escorts USS Ranger (CV-61) as the carrier, with her Sailors and Marines man the rails, leaves Honolulu, HI., 10 March 1989, en route to the western Pacific.
    US Navy photo # NH 97690-KN (Color) by PH3 Bos, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Niantic 555k Niantic (YTB-781) pulls alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH-10) as she departs Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., 1 July 1991, Tripoli was enroute to her home port of Naval Station, San Diego, CA., after serving in the Persian Gulf region during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-92-03823 by OS2 John Bouvia
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Niantic 561k Niantic (YTB-781) pulls alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LPH-10) as she departs Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., 1 July 1991, Tripoli was enroute to her home port of Naval Station, San Diego, CA., after serving in the Persian Gulf region during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-92-03822 by OS2 John Bouvia
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Tuskegee 1578k Niantic (YTB-781) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) assist USS Ranger (CV-61) while docking at the Naval Supply Center pier at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., 1 June 1991. Ranger was stopping off at Pearl Harbor while en route to her home port after returning from deployment in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-93-04704 by PH3 Bos
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Tuskegee 2117k Niantic (YTB-781) and Tuskegee (YTB-806) come alongside USS Ranger (CV-61) in preparation for docking at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., 2 July 1992.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-93-01237 by PH3 Bos
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Niantic 2556k Niantic (YTB-781) and Neodesha (YTB-815), assist USS Ranger (CV-61), with her Sailors manning the rails and aircraft of the Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) on her deck, as she arrives at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, HI., 8 March 1993. In the background is the Arizona (BB-39) Memorial and Ford Island.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-05-10864 by PH2 Wimmer
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Niantic 2215k Niantic (YTB-781) and Neodesha (YTB-815), assist USS Ranger (CV-61), with her Sailors manning the rails and aircraft of the Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) on her deck, as she arrives at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, HI., 8 March 1993.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-05-10869 by PH2 Wimmer
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Neodesha 2325k An aerial port side view of USS Ranger (CV 61), with her Sailors manning the rails and aircraft of the Carrier Air Wing 2 (CVW-2) on her deck, as she is nudged into position by harbor tugs Neodesha (YTB-815), Niantic (YTB-781) and Waxahachie (YTB 814) upon arrival at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI,. 8 March 1993.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-05-10867 by PH3 Bos
    Defense Visual Information Center

    Niantic (YTB-781)
    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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