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Natchitoches (YTB-799)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - Charlie - Lima
NMCL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 24 June 1968, at Southern Shipbuilding Corp, Slidell, LA.
  • Launched, 9 January 1969
  • Delivered to the Navy in 29 May 1969 and initially placed in service at Boston, MA., as Natchitoches (YTB-799)
  • Reassigned to Naval Station Puget Sound, Everett, WA., date unknown
  • Reassigned to the 6th Naval District at Charleston, S.C., date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
    Struck from the Naval Register, 13 October 1995
  • Transferred to the US Army, Corps Of Engineers, 28 December 1995, renamed D. L. Billmaier
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 286 t.(lt) 346 t.(fl)
    Length 108'
    Beam 29'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single screw

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    Natchitoches (YTB-799)
    Pokagon 85k Natchitoches (YTB-799) and Pokagon (YTB 836) move out to assist ships entering port, at Naval Station Puget Sound, Everett, WA.in March 1987.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-87-03082, a US Navy photo by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn, USN, now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
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    Pokagon 2835k Natchitoches (YTB-799) heads across Charleston harbor with reporters and cameramen aboard. The media personnel are covering the return of the guided-missile destroyer USS Macdonough (DDG-39) and the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG-47) to Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina. The two ships left Charleston on September 21, 1990, for the Persian Gulf, where they served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-91-06712 (22 March 1991) , a US Navy photo by JO2 Oscar Sosa USN, now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Robert M. Cieri
    32k Natchitoches (YTB-799) underway, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy navysite.de Robert Hurst
    US Army Tug D.L. Billmaier
    324k US Army Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier (ex-Natchitoches (YTB-799)) and crane barge H.J. Schwartz tied to the breakwater at Two Harbors, MN, 20 September 2008. Photo courtesy Pete Markham Robert Hurst
    993k US Army Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier (ex-Natchitoches (YTB-799)) and crane barge H.J. Schwartz tied to the breakwater at Two Harbors, MN, 20 September 2008. Photo courtesy Pete Markham Robert Hurst
    102k US Army Corps of Engineers tug D.L. Billmaier (ex-Natchitoches (YTB-799)) and crane barge H.J. Schwartz underway on Great Lakes, date unknown. Photo courtesy tugboatinformation.com Robert Hurst

    Natchitoches (YTB-799)
    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


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