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Wathena (YTB-825)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Quebec - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 4 April 1973, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 6 September 1973
  • Delivered to the Navy in 16 October 1973 and placed in service as Wathena (YTB-825) in the 5th Naval District at Naval Base Norfolk, VA.
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 October 1997
  • Sold through the General Services Administration (GSA) for reuse, 17 May 2000
  • Current Disposition, sold to McAllister Towing , renamed Patrick McAllister
  • Converted to Z-Drive in assigned to San Juan Puerto Rico
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    (As Built) one 10-cylinder Fairbanks-Morse Diesel engine, single propeller, 2,000shp
    (Modernized by McAllister Towing) twin EMD 12-645-F7B Diesel engines and twin Ulstein 1650 Z-drives, generating 69 tons of bollard pull
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    YO-78 383k Wathena (YTB-825) assists the guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 46) into her berth at NOB, Norfolk, VA., 10 October 1988.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-89-00648 by Don S. Montgomery USN (RET.)
    Bill Gonyo
    YO-78 1250k Wathena (YTB-825) and Paducah (YTB-758) (background) tied up at the service craft pier at NOB Norfolk, VA. awaiting orders to assist with the docking of a large number of ships returning from Operation Desert Shield/Storm, 28 March 1991.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-97-00120 by Pat Toombs, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    YO-78 273k Wathena (YTB-825) underway off NOB Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    Wathena (YTB-825)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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