USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169)

USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) is a United States Navy Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug which was in service from 1980 to 2016.

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USNS Navajo off Southern California on 10 September 1997.
United States
Name: USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169)
Namesake: The Navajo, a Native American people of the southwestern United States
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 14 December 1977
Launched: 20 December 1979
Acquired: 13 June 1980
In service: 1980
Out of service: 1 October 2016
Fate: Deactivated to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility
Status: Deactivated
Badge: USNS Navajo T-ATF-169 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug
  • 1,387 long tons (1,409 t) light
  • 2,000 long tons (2,032 t) full
Length: 226 ft (69 m)
Beam: 42 ft (13 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Installed power: 5.73 megawatts (4,280 horsepower) sustained
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors EMD 20-645F7B diesel engines, two shafts; bow thruster, 300 hp (224 kW)
Speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph)
Complement: 16 civilians plus 4 U.S. Navy personnel (communications unit)

Navajo was laid down on 14 December 1977 by the Marinette Marine Corporation at Marinette, Wisconsin. Launched on 20 December 1979, and delivered to the U.S. Navy on 13 June 1980, Navajo was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), and placed in non-commissioned service as USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169) in 1980.

USNS Navajo was stricken from the register on 1 October 2016.[1]

Lost anchor incidentEdit

On 28 July 2012 the ship was conducting training near the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when a parted mooring line caused the ship to dump 8,000 pounds of expensive anchor, chain, and heavy rope on the ocean floor 150 feet below. The equipment was recovered on 9 August 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "Naval Vessel Register - NAVAJO (ATF 169)". Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  2. ^ Cole, William, "Navy Ship Recovers Wayward Anchor", Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 17 August 2012, p. 19

External linksEdit

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