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USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168)
USNS Catawba underway
Career (USA)
Name: USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168)
Namesake: The Catawba, a Native American people of the southeast United States
Owner: United States Navy
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 12 September 1975
Builder: Marinette Marine
Laid down: 14 December 1977
Launched: 22 September 1979
Acquired: 28 May 1980
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class & type: Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug
Displacement: 1,387 tons light, 2000 tons full
Length: 226 ft (69 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Diesel
Complement: Officers: 4 Enlisted: 13

USNS Catawba is a Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug operated by the Military Sealift Command for the United States Navy. Currently home ported in Manama, Bahrain.

Ship history

Catawaba, left, supplies the Faina, right.

The USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168) "Fleet Ocean Tug".jpg

Catawba provided MV Faina with food, water, and medical supplies after that ship was released by Somali pirates.[1]


  1. "Navy Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Faina Crew". American Forces Press Service. Feb. 6, 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 

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