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Named after the city in northwestern Nevada situated on the Humboldt River, the WINNEMUCCA was one of the NATICK - class large harbor tugs and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Stricken from the Navy list on December 20, 1995, the WINNEMUCCA was sold on January 21, 2004, and subsequently started a new career as civilian tug NEOLANI.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: January 14, 1965|
|Keel laid: September 23, 1965|
|Launched: December 23, 1965|
|Delivered: May 4, 1966|
|Stricken: December 20, 1995|
|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|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard WINNEMUCCA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
The WINNEMUCCA was laid down in September 1965 at Marinette, Wis., by the Marinette Marine Corp.; launched in December 1965; delivered to the Navy in May 1966; and placed in service in June 1966.
Initially assigned to the 5th Naval District, the large harbor tug operated in the Norfolk area until the following spring. Reassigned at that time to Vietnam, she arrived in that country on 10 June and, for the remainder of America's involvement in that conflict, she served with Task Force 117, the Mobile Riverine Force. During her almost six years of combat operations on the rivers and in the swamps of South Vietnam, WINNEMUCCA earned two Presidential Unit Citations and four Navy Unit Commendations. At the end of America's participation in that civil war in 1973, the tug was reassigned to the 17th Naval District and operated out of Adak, Alaska. That tour of duty ended late in 1975 when the ship began service at San Francisco, attached to the 12th Naval District. WINNEMUCCA continued to serve in the San Francisco Bay Area for the rest of her career. She was stricken from the Navy list on December 20, 1995.
WINNEMUCCA earned 13 battle stars during the Vietnam conflict.
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