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USNS Apache (T-ATF-172)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Golf - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Bottom Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Op Restore Hope, Somalia - 1-Op Uphold Democracy, Haiti, 1-Bosnia)

Powhatan Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 22 March 1979, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 28 March 1981
  • Delivered to the Navy, 23 July 1981
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), and placed in service as USNS Apache (T-ATF-172)
  • USNS Apache is currently attached to MSC Atlantic
    Displacement 1,387 t.(lt) 2,000 t.(fl)
    Length 218'
    Beam 42'
    Draft 15' (max)
    Speed 15 kts.
    Civilian Mariners 16
    Navy (Communications Unit) 4
    two GMC EMD 20-645F7B Diesel engines (5.73 MW sustained)
    two shafts, controllable reversible pitch propellers mounted in Kort nozzles, 7,200shp
    bow thruster, 300hp (224KW)

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    Apache 160k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Apache 69k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Apache 148k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) towing the decommissioned destroyer USS Barry (DD-933) to Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C., 15 November 1983. Barry was docked at Pier 2 and was opened to the public as a museum. She was sold in 2016 to be scrapped as it became too expensive to maintain her.
    US National Archives Photo # Navy ARC Identifier # 638681 a US Navy photo by PH3 Dixson now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Apache 79k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) departing Valletta Port, Malta, 31 January 2002 Photo by Anthony Vella, of Senglea, Malta.
    Apache 91k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) moored pierside at Marseille, France, 31 July 1999. Photo Guy Schaeffer from the Collection Paolo Marsan
    Apache 153k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) moored pierside at US Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    Apache 315k Guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) boarding team performs, practice-boarding procedures with USNS Apache (T-ATF-172), in the Atlantic Ocean, 10 September 2003. Philippine Sea is conducting work ups before its upcoming scheduled six-month deployment as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group.
    US Navy photo # 030910-N-5471P ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 10 2003) by PH2 Aaron Peterson
    Robert Hurst
    Apache 493k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) fitted with submarine rescue equipment at Stavanger, Norway, before participating in Exercise Bold Monarch 2008.
    US Navy Military Sealift Command photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Apache 241k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) moored pierside, 23 October 2010, location unknown.
    US Navy Military Sealift Command photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Nassau 1812k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) with Ex-USS Nassau (LHA-4) on tow, 13 April 2011, in Hampton Roads enroute to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. Group. Photo by Danny Mason USS Nassau
    Apache 1046k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) anchored in the Patuxent River off Solomons Island, MD., for Navy diver training.
    US Navy photo # 120911-N-RU135-004 SOLOMONS ISLAND, Md. (Sept. 11, 2012) by Meghan Patrick
    Lee Wahler
    Apache 192k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) participating in a vessel board search and seizure (VBSS) drill for sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103) Truxtun is conducting its final pre-deployment evaluation with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group to achieve mission readiness and the ability to work alongside international allies in the execution of the Navy's maritime strategy.
    US Navy photo # 131122-N-EI510-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 22, 2013) by MCSN Scott Barnes
    Lee Wahler
    Apache 115k Starboard view of USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Apache 394k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    136k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) fueling from the non-self-propelled fuel oil barge YON-334, before departing Norfolk, VA., 19 Oct. 2015, to begin searching for wreckage from the missing U.S. flagged merchant vessel El Faro. Apache is equipped with several pieces of underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle. The Navy’s mission will be to first locate the ship and, if possible, to retrieve the voyage data recorder – commonly known as a black box.
    US Navy photo # 151019-N-EW716-002 NORFOLK, VA. (Oct. 19, 2015, by MC2 George Bell.
    Robert Hurst
    Apache 261k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) stands out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Apache went to sea in support of National Transportation Safety Board El Faro investigation.
    US Navy photo # 160805-N-OH262-178 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Aug. 5, 2016) by Bill Mesta/
    Lee Wahler
    273k USNS Apache (T-ATF-172) tows the decommissioned amphibious dock landing ship ex- USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), 16 April 2021, from Naval Station Mayport, FL. to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, PA.
    US Navy photo # 210416-N-AC165-0020 MAYPORT Fl. (April 16 2021)
    Robert Hurst

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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