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USNS Apache (T-ATF 172)

- Military Sealift Command -


USNS APACHE is the last of the POWHATAN - class ocean tugs and the fifth ship in the Navy to bear the name.

The APACHE is equipped with a 10-ton capacity crane and a bollard pull of at least 54 tons. A deck grid is fitted aft which contains 1 inch bolt receptacles spaced 24 inches apart. This allows for the bolting down of a wide variety of portable equipment. There are two GPH fire pumps supplying three fire monitors with up to 2,200 gallons of foam per minute. A deep module can be embarked to support naval salvage teams.

General Characteristics:Awarded: February 27, 1978
Keel laid: March 22, 1979
Launched: March 28, 1981
Delivered: July 23, 1981
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)
Propellers: two
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
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Crew: 16 civilians and 4 naval communications technicians
Fleet: Atlantic


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Crew List:

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


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