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USS Natick (YTB-760)
USS Hunley (AS-31) at Holy Loch, Scotland, circa in June 1992 (NH 96831).jpg
Harbor tugs USS Piqua (YTB-793), at left, and USS Natick assist USS Hunley (AS-31) at Holy Loch, Scotland.
Career (USA)
Name: USS Natick (YTB-760)
Namesake: A town in Massachusetts.
Owner: U.S. Navy
Awarded: 29 June 1960
Builder: Southern Shipbuilding Corp., Slidell, Louisianaa
Laid down: 1 September 1960
Launched: 28 February 1961
Completed: 13 June 1961
Acquired: 19 June 1961
In service: 30 June 1961
Struck: 28 March 2003
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Holy Loch, Scotland
La Maddalena, Italy
Fate: Sold in 2005 at Boston, Massachusetts
Status: Presently owned and operated by Burnham Associates Inc. Dredging & Marine Contractors, Salem, Massachusetts
General characteristics
Class & type: Natick class Large District Harbor Tug
Displacement: 283 long tons (288 t) (light)
356 long tons (362 t) (full)
Length: 109 feet (33 m)
Beam: 31 feet (9.4 m)
Draft: 14 feet (4.3 m)
Propulsion: diesel engine, single screw
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Crew: 12 enlisted

USS Natick (YTB-760) was the lead ship of United States Navy Natick class large district harbor tugs. The second U.S. Navy ship to carry that name, she is named for Natick, Massachusetts.[1]

Construction and commissioning

The contract for Natick was awarded 29 June 1960. She was laid down down on 1 September 1960 at Slidell, Louisiana, by Southern Shipbuilding Corpa and launched 19 June 1961.

Operational history

From 1961 to 1964 Natick served the 5th Naval District, Norfolk, Virginia. From 1964 into 1970 the tug was assigned to SUBRON 14 at Holy Loch, Scotland. Natick supported U.S. Navy ships at La Maddalena, Italy from 1970 to 1973.

Stricken from the Navy list on 28 March 2003, Natick was sold at Boston, Massachusetts, on 26 April 2005.


^a According to a list of vessels built by Jakobson Shipyard, Natick and her sister ship, USS Ottumwa (YTB-761), were built by Jakobson, not Southern Shipbuilding. Research needed.


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