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Phoebus (YDT-14)
YF-294 (1942 - 1974)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - X-Ray - Yankee - X-Ray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

YDT-14 Class Diving Tender:
  • Built by Erie Concrete & Steel Co., Erie, PA
  • Laid down, 08 December 1941
  • Launched, 27 June 1942
  • Delivered and placed in service at New York Navy Yard as Self-propelled Covered Lighter YF-294, 14 December 1942
  • During World War II, YF-294 was assigned to the Tenth Naval District, operating as an inter-island supply vessel in the Caribbean
  • Reassigned to 5th Naval District at Norfolk, August 1947
  • Named Phoebus, 08 June 1965
  • Redesignated Diving Tender YDT-14, March 1974
  • Assigned to the US Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center at Naval Station Washington, D.C.
  • Reassigned to the relocated US Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, FL, 1980
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 July 1999
  • Final Disposition, sunk as part of an artificial reef in 90' of water off Escambia County, FL, April 2000
    Displacement 300 tons(lt) 650 tons(fl)
    Length 132' 6"
    Beam 30'
    Draft 8'
    Speed 10 knots
    Armament none
    Complement 11
    two V12-71 Detroit Diesel engines
    two shafts

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    YF-294 56k YF-294 launching at Erie Concrete & Steel Supply Co., Erie, PA, 27 June 1942.
    Photo from Bowling Green University Historical Collection of the Great Lakes
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Phoebus (YDT-14)
    YF-294 308k Phoebus (YDT-14) underway on the Potomac River at Washington DC in late August 1980, outbound to Panama City FL, the location of the relocated US Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center,. John Ingram
    YF-294 154k Phoebus (YDT-14) moored in her berth at the US Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, FL, circa 1980-83. John Ingram
    YF-294 44k Phoebus (YDT-14) moored in her berth at the US Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, FL, date unknown. Christopher D. LeClaire
    YF-294 102k Phoebus (YDT-14) in her new guise as an artifical reef off the Gulf Coast of Florida, 09 February 2008.
    Photo by W. Jefferis, via
    Dave Wright

    YF-294 / Phoebus (YDT-14)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command website
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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