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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|
|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|
|Homeport: Yokosuka, Japan|
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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