Named after the American Indian tribe, the USNS NAVAJO was the fourth POWHATAN - class ocean tug.
The NAVAJO was equipped with a 10-ton capacity crane and a bollard pull of at least 54 tons. A deck grid was fitted aft which contained 1 inch bolt receptacles spaced 24 inches apart. This allowed for the bolting down of a wide variety of portable equipment. There were two GPH fire pumps supplying three fire monitors with up to 2,200 gallons of foam per minute. A deep module could be embarked to support naval salvage teams.
Put out of service and stricken from the Navy list on October 1, 2016, the NAVAJO is presently laid up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., awaiting final disposal.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: September 12, 1975|
|Keel laid: December 14, 1977|
|Launched: December 20, 1979|
|Delivered: June 13, 1980|
|Deactivated: October 1, 2016|
|Builder: Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.|
|Propulsion system: 2 GM EMD 20-645F7B diesels; 5.73 MW sustained; 2 shafts; Kort nozzles; cp props; bow thruster; 300 hp (224 kW)|
|Length: 226 feet (68.9 meters)|
|Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters)|
|Draft: 15.1 feet (4.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 2,260 tons full load|
|Speed: 14.5 knots|
|Crew: 16 civilians and 4 naval communications technicians|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS NAVAJO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USNS NAVAJO:
|July 28, 2012||off Pearl Harbor, Hi.||USNS NAVAJO loses an anchor and chain and heavy rope during training off Pearl Harbor. All equipment was later recovered by the NAVAJO and Navy divers.|
USNS NAVAJO Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the NAVAJO at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on September 29, 2011 (the first three photos). The next day - September 30, 2011 - the NAVAJO departed San Diego for San Francisco (fourth photo) for a drydock period. The last photo shows the ship in drydock at San Francisco on October 6, 2011.
The photos below were taken by me and show the NAVAJO arriving at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., on March 15, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the NAVAJO laid up alongside the former USS VANDEGRIFT (FFG 48) in Middle Loch at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 18, 2022.