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Opelika (YTB 798)

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Named after the city in Alabama whose name is derived from the Indian word meaning “great swamp”, the OPELIKA is one of the NATICK - class large harbor tugs and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name. Initially stationed at Subic Bay, Philippines, the OPELIKA later moved to Yokosuka, Japan, where she is still serving.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 15, 1967
Keel laid: February 23, 1968
Launched: August 21, 1968
Delivered: January 30, 1969
Builder: Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wis.
Propulsion system: one diesel propulsion engine, 2000 HP
Propellers: one
Length: 109 feet (33.2 meters)
Beam: 29 feet (8.8 meters)
Draft: 13 feet (3.95 meters)
Displacement: approx. 356 tons
Speed: 12 knots
Armament: none
Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan
Crew: 12

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard OPELIKA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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