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YP-679

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Delta - KIlo
NUDK
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National Defense Service Medal


YP- 676 Class Training Craft
  • Built by Peterson Builders, Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Laid down, 18 April 1984
  • Launched, 11 December 1984
  • Delivered and placed in service at US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 03 June 1985
  • Reclassified IX-531, 07 August 2001
  • Assigned to Office of Naval Research as "Afloat Lab," unofficially nicknamed "Starfish"
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 29 March 2007
  • Transferred to US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY and renamed TV Liberator
  • Current Status, active
    Specifications:
    Displacement 176 tons (max.)
    Length 108'
    Beam 24'
    Draft 8'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Armament none
    Complement
    2 Officers
    4 Enlisted
    Range 1800 nm
    Propulsion
    two 12V-71N Detroit diesel engines
    two propellers, 437 shp @ 2,100 RPM

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    YP-679 266k Undated photo of YP-679, probably shortly after completion. Frank Bittner
    YP-679 122k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) makes a port visit to Baltimore´s Inner Harbor in 2003, offering the public an opportunity to view some of the newest research being developed to benefit Sailors and Marines. The "Afloat Lab" is a former Naval Academy Yard Patrol craft now serves as a test platform for the Office of Naval Research. Since it has the same machinery, electronics and navigation systems as the Navy's large fleet ships, it is an ideal test platform.
    US Navy photo from the ONR Media Gallery, by James Boyle, ONR
    Office of Naval Research
    YP-679 289k The Office of Naval Research (ONR) vessel "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679), open for visitation while docked in Ocracoke, N.C., 24 August 2004. YP-679 was taking part in the 2004 Hunt for Alligator Expedition. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with support from ONR, conducted a week-long expedition off Cape Hatteras where the Civil War era vessel was lost during a fierce storm in 1863.
    US Navy photo # 040824-N-7676W-041 by JOCS John F. Williams.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 346k NOAA and East Carolina university reserachers deploy a sidescan sonar owfish from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) vessel "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679), during the Hunt for the Alligator Expedition, August 2004. YP-679 was taking part in the 2004 Hunt for Alligator Expedition.
    Photo by David Hall/NOAA
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 208k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) receives a fresh coat of paint on board Naval Station Annapolis, Md, 15 March 2005. In the summer of 2005 the Afloat Lab, which features working demonstrations and exhibits that give visitors a sample of cutting edge Navy science and technology, will visited Charleston, S.C., Fleet Week in New York City and Harborfest in Norfolk, VA.
    US Navy photo # 050315-N-7676W-069 by JOCS John F. Williams.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 517k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) prepares to dock at the South Street Seaport in preparation for New York City's 18th annual Fleet Week. The U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, along with a number of international navies, will participate in this year's celebration from May 25 - June 1, 2005.
    US Navy photo # 050524-N-7676W-052 New York City (May 24, 2005) by JOCS John F. Williams.
    Office of Naval Research
    YP-679 321k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) docked at the South Street Seaport's Pier 17 during the 18th annual Fleet Week in New York City, 29 May 2005. Fleet Week allows the community to celebrate the sacrifices made by the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard by giving them the opportunity to visit the city and experience the "Big Apple's" hospitality.
    US Navy photo # 050529-N-7676W-006 by JOCS John F. Williams.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 772k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) pulls alongside the Iowa-class battleship ex-USS Wisconsin (BB-64), located at The National Maritime Center Nauticus on the Elizabeth River waterfront of downtown Norfolk, VA., 13 June 2005. The Afloat Lab was visiting Norfolk to participate in Harborfest 2005. The event drew about 1500 visitors to YP-679 during the three-day event.
    US Navy photo # 050613-N-7676W-125 by JOCS John F. Williams.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 207k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) moored at Alexandria, VA., 19 June 2005. YP-679 hosted 1,298 visitors during two days of public tours. The Afloat Lab, operated by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), allows ONR to demonstrate naval technologies in an "at sea" environment.
    US Navy photo # 050619-N-7676W-006 by JOCS John F. Williams.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 108k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) makes a port visit to Baltimore´s Inner Harbor, 17 June 2006, offering the public an opportunity to view some of the newest research being developed to benefit Sailors and Marines. The "Afloat Lab" is a former Naval Academy Yard Patrol craft that now serves as a test and demonstration platform for ONR.
    US Navy photo # 060617-N-7676W-002 by JOCS John F. Williams
    Office of Naval Research
    YP-679 98k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) makes a port visit to Baltimore´s Inner Harbor, 17 June 2006, offering the public an opportunity to view some of the newest research being developed to benefit Sailors and Marines. The "Afloat Lab" is a former Naval Academy Yard Patrol craft that now serves as a test and demonstration platform for ONR.
    US Navy photo # 060617-N-7676W-007 by JOCS John F. Williams
    Office of Naval Research
    YP-679 65k "Afloat Lab Starfish" (YP-679) outboard the World War II Destroyer, ex-USS Cassin Young (DD-793), 9 June 2006, at the Charlestown Navy Yard, during a visit to Boston, MA., as part of the second annual Navy Week celebration held June 8 - 13.
    US Navy photo # 060617-N-7676W-006 by JOCS John F. Williams
    Office of Naval Research
    YP-679 254k YP-679 "Afloat Lab" conducting survey operations in Search Area 1, off the North Carolina coast while searching for the lost American Civil War era submarine Alligator, September 2005.
    Photo by John Williams, ONR
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 15k YP-679 "Afloat Lab" underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    T/V Liberator
    YP-679 75k T/V Liberator moored at Kings Point New York, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy U.S. Merchant Academy.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 97k T/V Liberator moored at Port Jefferson, New York, 25 September 2011.
    Photo courtesy U.S. Merchant Academy.
    Robert Hurst
    YP-679 550k TV Liberator, ex-YP-679 moored in Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, early 2015.
    Photo courtesy sailbaltimore.org
    Dave Wright

    There is no DANFS history record for YP-679 / IX-531 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Yard Patrol Craft - YP
    USMMA - Liberator
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