Navy puts first of new tug series to work

by Tim Flanagan on February 17, 2010

I’m please to present this story, cheapest because it’s sort of a follow-up to a story I wrote last August.

[A photo of YT-802, pharmacy nearly complete, troche that I took aboard Two Lucky Fish last summer. —Tim]

Z-TECH 4500
[Uncredited recent photo of YT-802 at MarineLog]

This photo and story appear at MarineLog:

The YT 802 Valiant, first of the new series of Z-Tech 4500 Class tugs for U.S. Navy pilots operating in Puget Sound, was placed in active service earlier this month.

The new series tugs are being built in Tacoma, Wash., by J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Ltd., a sub-contractor to Pacific Tugboat Services of Long Beach, CA, the prime contractor.

The design was developed by Robert Allan Ltd. of Vancouver, Canada, and adapted to the Navy’s needs based on the Z-Tech 6000 hullform originally developed for the Port of Singapore.

Based in Bremerton and Bangor, Washington, the tugs will perform ship-handling duties for the full range of Navy surface warships and submarines. They are equipped with an extensive array of underwater fendering, as well as the typical resilient style fenders for handling surface ships.

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