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Arawak (YTM-702)
Arawak (YTB-702) (1946 - 1962)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal (2)

Hisada Class District Harbor Tug:
  • Built by Bethlehem Steel Co., San Pedro, CA (YN 9032)
  • Laid down, 03 July 1945
  • Launched, 30 April 1945
  • Delivered, 12 March 1946
  • Placed in reserve with the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Activated and placed in service as Arawak (YTB-702), March 1951
  • Spent entire career assigned to the Eleventh Naval District at San Diego, CA
  • Redesignated District Harbor Tug, Medium YTM-702, February 1962
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1985
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by transfer to another government agency, date unknown
    Specifications: Specifications:
    Displacement 260 tons (lt)
    Length 100'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 10
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single screw

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    136k Arawak (YTB-702) assisting an unidentified carrier at San Diego, late 1950s. Note the personal vehicles stowed on the carrier's flight deck. Dave Wright
    130k Arawak (YTM-702) tied up inboard of Acoma (YTM-701) at her berth on Chollas Creek, Naval Station San Diego, CA, circa early 1970s.
    Photo courtesy Chris Hastin, via National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors (NAFTS)
    Robert Hurst
    93k Arawak (YTM-702) and Muskegon (YTB-763) assist USS Kalmia (ATA-184) towing the old cruiser ex-USS Vincennes (CL-64) out of San Diego Bay, 7 October 1969. Ex-Vincennes was expended as a target off the coast of Southern California, 28 October 1969. Note that the cruiser's gun barrels have been cut off.
    US Navy photo # K-77750 from the collections of the US Naval Historic Center.
    141k Arawak (YTB-702) sidetowing YG-30 at San Diego, 1974. The YG was presumably being taken out for disposal, as she was stricken two years earlier.. Dave Wright
    101k Aerial view of Arawak (YTM-702) foreground, Manistee (YTB-782) (left), and Canonchet (YTB 823) (background) assisting USS Enterprise (CVN-65) away from the pier at San Diego, CA., 15 January 1984.
    DVIC photo # DNSC8507390 by PH1 Bennet USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center

    Arawak (YTB-702 / YTM-702)
    DANFS history entry located at the Naval History and Heritage Command website
    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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