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Waxahachie (YTB-814)


A town in Texas.

(YTB-814: displacement 356 (full load); length 109'0"; beam 31'0"; depth of hold 14'0"; speed 12.0 knots; complement 12; class Natick)

Waxahachie (YTB-814) was laid down on 1 April 1971 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., by Peterson Builders, Inc., and launched on 9 September 1971. The large harbor tug was accepted by the Navy on 2 January 1972 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Assigned to the Fourteenth Naval District, Waxahachie provided tug and tow services, as well as pilot assistance, at the busy Pacific Fleet base at Pearl Harbor until she was reclassified as an auxiliary (miscellaneous) IX-545, on 3 August 2007, at which point her name was removed and was utilized as simply IX-545. The Navy utilized her as a “reusable target vehicle,” until the vessel was stricken on 27 September 2011, after which she awaited disposal.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

22 September 2020

Published: Tue Sep 22 10:17:09 EDT 2020