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(YTB-702: dp. 260; 1. 100'0; dr. 9'7" (f.); s. 12 k.; cl. Hisada)

A tribe of Indians who inhabited the West Indies and parts of South America at the time of the discovery of the Western Hemisphere.

Arawak (YTB-702) was laid down on 3 July 1945 at San Pedro, Calif., by the Bethelhem Steel Co.; launched on 30 August 1945; delivered to the Navy on 12 March 1946; and placed in reserve with the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet. After remaining inactive for five years, the tug was placed in service in the 11th Naval District in March 1951. Based at San Diego, Arawak was active in the 11th Naval District for a little less than 37 years. In February 1962, she was reclassified a medium harbor tug and redesignated YTM-702. In December of 1985, Arawak was placed out of service, and her name was struck from the Navy list. She was disposed of by transfer to some unspecified agency.

Published: Mon Jun 09 16:39:51 EDT 2014