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Alarka (YTB-229)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Romeo - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Cahto Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Greenport Basin and Construction Co., Greenport, Long Island, NY
  • Laid down, 31 August 1944
  • Launched, 20 January 1945
  • Delivered to the Navy, 05 April 1945
  • Placed in service as Alarka (YTB-229), 06 April 1945
  • Sailed from New York to Eniwetok, May - June 1945
  • Stationed at Eniwetok, June - August 1945
  • Allocated to Service Division 104, Buckner Bay, Okinawa, August 1945
  • transferred to Japanese waters, 1946
  • Deactivated and placed out of service at Sasebo, Japan, 1946
  • Sold via FLC (Foreign Liquidation Comission) to Chinese Supply Commission, 23 December 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Hull Wood
    Displacement 410 tons
    Length 110'
    Beam 27' 0"
    Draft 11' 4"
    Speed 12 knots
    Complement 12
    Armament two .50 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    YTB-229 105k Alarka (YTB-229) (center) and ATA-209 (left) guide the center section of YFD-6 through Culebra Cut in the Panama Canal, 01 or 02 June 1945. Navy SeaBees turned YFD-6's center section on its side and installed a thousand pontoons atop the wing wall to allow the drydock to float on its side during the canal transit. The photograph was released for publication on 25 June 1945.
    Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98829
    US Naval Historical Center

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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