|U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command
Description: Zero ocean-going tugs are operated by Military Sealift Command to provide the U.S. Navy with towing services and operate as platforms for Navy divers in the recovery of downed aircraft and ships.
Features: Each vessel is equipped with a ten-ton capacity crane and a bollard pull of at least 54 tons. A deck grid is fitted aft which contains one-inch bolt receptacles spaced 24 inches apart. This allows for the bolting down of a wide variety of portable equipment. There are two fire pumps supplying three fire monitors with up to 2,200 gallons of foam per minute. A deep submergence module can be embarked to support naval salvage teams.
Background: Fleet tugs are used to tow ships, barges and targets for gunnery exercises. They are also used as platforms for salvage and diving work, as participants in naval exercises, to conduct search and rescue missions, to aid in the clean up of oil spills and ocean accidents, and to provide fire fighting assistance.
Point of contact:
Public Affairs Office
Military Sealift Command
914 Charles Morris Court SE
Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20398-5540
(202) 685-5055 or www.msc.navy.mil
General Characteristics: Powhatan Class
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisc
Power Plant: Two GM EMD 20-645F7B diesels; 5.73 MW sustained; Two shafts; Kort nozzles; cp props; bow thruster; 300 hp (224 kW)
Length: 240 feet (73.2 meters)
Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters)
Displacement: 2,260 long tons (2,296.27 metric tons) full load
Speed: 14.5 knots (16.68 mph)
Ships: No homeports assigned
Crew: 16 civilians and four naval communications technicians.
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