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USS Saugus (YTB-780)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Lima - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal

Natick Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Laid down, 8 December 1964, at Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.
  • Launched, 3 August 1965
  • Completed, 10 November 1965, and delivered to the Navy at Boston, MA.
  • Commissioned USS Saugus (YTB-780), 12 March 1966, at Holy Loch, Scotland
  • Saugus provided tug service to SUBRON Fourteen submarines in the Holy Loch until 1974
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, date unknown
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register and struck from the Naval Register, 28 October 1997
  • Final Disposition, sold by the General Services Administration (GSA) reuse, 17 May 2000
  • Placed in commercial service as the tug Ocean Eagle in 2000, to Dahl Tug and Barges, Seattle, WA.
  • Current Disposition, active at Seattle
    Displacement 283 t.(lt) 356 t.(fl)
    Length 109'
    Beam 31'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 12
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion Diesel, single propeller

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    John C. Calhoun 436k The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine USS John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630) enters the Holy Loch accompanied by USS Saugus (YTB-780), 1 February 1991.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-91-05226, a US Navy photo by PH3 A.H. Jones now in the collections of the Defense Still Media Collection of
    Saugus 65k Saugus (YTB-780), Oshkosh (YTB-757) and an unidentified commercial tug ease an unidentified aircraft carrier into or out of her berth at Pier 12 Naval Station Norfolk, VA., circa 1974-1996. Courtesy National Association of Fleet Sailors
    Saugus 32k Saugus (YTB-780) underway in Hampton Roads, circa 1974-1997. Wikipedia courtesy
    Saugus 34k Saugus (YTB-780) ship's plaque Tommy Trampp

    USS Saugus (YTB-780)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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