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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Contributed by ENCS Jerry Patterson USN Ret. LCU-1624

Harbor Utility Craft

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

YFU-81 was transferred to Panama under the Security Assistance Program
YFU-71 Class Harbor Utility Craft:
  • Laid down, 1 May 1968, at Pacific Coast Engineering Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 1 July 1968
  • Delivered, 1 September 1968
  • During the Vietnam War YFU-81 was assigned to the Lighterage Division at US Naval Support Activity Da Nang, Republic of South Vietnam
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Transferred to the US Army 329th Heavy Boat Co. at Da Nang, South Vietnam circa May-June 1970
  • Evacuated to Guam circa 1974-75
  • Returned to US Navy control circa mid-1980s
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 21 January 2004
  • Transferred through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), Foreign Military Sale or Lease to Panama, 21 May 2004
  • Named SMN General Esteban Huertas (A-402), 16 July 2004
    Displacement220 t.(lt) 380 t.(fl)
    Length 125'
    Beam 36'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 1 CPO, 11 enlisted
    Armament machine guns
    Propulsion 2 Detroit Diesel 471 Series, 115Kw 185A generators, twin shafts

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    YFU-81 193k Ex-YFU-81 at Mayport FL. in 2003 prior to her transfer to Panama in May 2004 Tom Lanagan YFU-79
    YFU-81 271k Ex-YFU-81 in Panamanian naval service as SMN General Esteban Huertas (A-402) docked at Naval Base Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Panama, 25 January 2014. with permission of webmaster

    There is no DANFS history for YFU-81 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation

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    Mobile Riverine Force Association
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