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Dekanawida (YTB-831)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Golf - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 22 January 1974, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI
  • Launched, 12 September 1974
  • Delivered to the Navy and placed in service as Dekanawida (YTB-831), 31 October 1974
  • Current Disposition, active at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    Displacement 286 t.(lt) 346 t.(fl)
    Length 100'
    Beam 29'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single screw

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    Dekanawida 63 Dekanawida (YTB-831) underway at Rota, Spain, circa 1988-90. The craft master, Chief Garcia, is on the pilot house deck.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    Cornhusker State 1830k Dekanawida (YTB-831) and Santaquin (YTB-824) assist SS Cornhusker State (ACS-6) as she arrives at US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay for the exercise Joint Logistics Over The Shore (JLOTS) 09. JLOTS is a critical capability that allows the military to move forces and supplies without the benefit of a fixed, deep-draft port. The exercise will demonstrate the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps ability to deploy, discharge and conduct reception and staging of equipment in a scenario that requires ships to offload while still offshore.
    US Navy photos # 090605-N-0557G-002 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (June 5, 2009), by MC1 Brian A. Goyak.
    Mike Hibbard
    Carter Hall 1868k Dekanawida (YTB-831) and Santaquin (YTB-824) guide USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) into port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, to take on supplies and fuel. Fort McHenry has been operating off the coast of Haiti providing humanitarian assistance as part of Operation Unified Response. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay is the primary logistical hub for routing humanitarian relief to Haiti.
    US Navy photo # 100213-N-1441M-690 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Feb. 13, 2010) by MC2 Marie A. Montez
    Lee Wahler
    Wally Schirra 1862k USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE-8) being assisted by Dekanawida (YTB-831) as she arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 9 June 2010 to offload approximately 160 pallets of bottled water and dry food stores as part of Project Handclasp. Project Handclasp is a Navy program that coordinates transportation and delivery of humanitarian, educational and goodwill material donated to the foundation by corporations, charitable and public service organizations and private citizens throughout the United States for distribution to foreign countries who need aid.
    US Navy photo # 100609-N-8241M-061 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (June 9, 2010) by MCC Bill Mesta.
    Robert Hurst
    Iwo Jima 2271k Dekanawida (YTB-831) pulls alongside USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) as she arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for refueling and supplies. Iwo Jima finished its first phase of humanitarian assistance operations in Haiti supporting Continuing Promise 2010, a four-month humanitarian and civic assistance mission through Latin America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 100804-N-6843T-001 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Aug. 4, 2010) by Terence R. Peck
    Lee Wahler
    Oak Hill 2683k USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) assisted by tugs Dekanawida (YTB-831) and Wanamassa (YTB-820) arrives at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to conduct agricultural counter-measure wash downs of all embarked equipment. Guantanamo Bay is Oak Hill's final port visit before returning to the U.S. after supporting Amphibious Southern Partnership Station 2011 in the Caribbean. Oak Hill supported Southern Partnership Station 2012, an annual deployment of U.S naval assets in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. LCU 1659 is moving vehicles for wash down.
    US Navy photo # 111213-N-IQ128-049 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Dec. 13, 2011) by R. Vargas.
    Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history for Dekanawida (YTB-831) available at NavSource
    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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