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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

YTL-445 was transferred to Argentina and named ARA Chiquillan (R-18)
422 Class District Harbor Tug, Small:
  • Built in 1945 by Robert Jacobs Inc., City Island, N.Y.
  • Launched in 1945
  • Allocated to the 15th Naval District in the Panama Canal Zone
  • Delivered and placed in service in 1945 as District Harbor Tug YT-444
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Small YTL-444, date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale to Argentina 6 January 1977,named ARA Chiquillan (R-18)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 70 t.(lt) 80 t. (fl)
    Length 66'
    Beam 18'
    Draft 8' (max.)
    Speed unknown
    Complement 4
    Armament none
    Propulsion Diesel, single screw, 300shp

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    YTL-440 105k Ex-YTL-444 in Argentine Naval service as ARA Chiquillan (R-18) tied up dockside at the Mar Del Plata Naval Base.
    Photo courtesy Ignacio Amendolara and Paul Smith US Navy Harbor Tug Boats
    Robert Hurst
    YTL-440 67k ARA Chiquillan (R-18) center with ARA Chulumpi (ex-YTL-426) outboard at Mar Del Plata Naval Base in May 2004.
    Photo courtesy Ignacio Amendolara and Paul Smith US Navy Harbor Tug Boats
    Robert Hurst
    YTL-440 133k ARA Chiquillan (R-18) outboard of ARA Ona (R-7) tied up at Mara del Plata Naval Base, circa 19-20 May 2011. The stern of the submarine ARA Salta (S-31) can be seen forward of the two tugs.
    Photo courtesy of the Argentine Navy
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for YTL-444 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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