An Indian word for a bulbous root resembling a potato. Wapato is also the name of a city in Yakima County, Wash.
(YTB-788: dp. 356; l. 109'; b. 31'; dr. 14'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 12; cl. Natick)
Wapato (YTB-788) was laid down on 14 January 1966 at Marinette, Wis., by the Marinette Marine Corp.; launched on 18 April 1966; and completed two months later.
Assigned to the 10th Naval District, Wapato has operated out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, into 1980, assisting warships in the harbor there and providing waterfront fire protection.