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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)
Speed 9 kts.
Complement 1 CPO, 11 enlisted
Armament 3-50.cal machine guns
Propulsion 2 Detroit Diesel 471 Series, 115Kw 185A generators, twin shafts
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||Ex-YFU-81 at Mayport FL. in 2003 prior to her transfer to Panama in May 2004
||Tom Lanagan YFU-79
||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.
||Scanmarine.com with permission of webmaster
There is no DANFS history for YFU-81 available at NavSource
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