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Redwing

 

A northern European songbird, the smallest of the thrushes, with an orange-red patch on the underside of the wings.

 

III

 

(YTB - 783: displacement 283; length 109; beam 31; draft 14; speed 12 knots; complement 12; class Natick)

 

The third Redwing (YTB-783), a large harbor tug, was laid down 9 August 1965 by the Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wis., and launched without ceremony 20 October 1965. On 23 November 1965 Redwing, in company with Manistee (YTB-782), another newly constructed tug, departed the builder's yard for delivery to the Naval Station, San Diego, Calif.

 

Placed in service in June 1965, Redwing, fitted with special fenders to allow her to work with the Navy's round-hulled nuclear powered submarines, has operated in the 11th and 12th Naval Districts, assisting larger Navy ships in docking and performing general towing services.



23 September 2005