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Fleet Ocean Tugs T-ATF

There are three fleet ocean tugs in the Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet. The design of the Powhatan-class tugs was patterned after commercial offshore supply ships, and they entered service with MSC in 1979. Each is fitted with a 300-horsepower bow thruster and a 10-ton-capacity crane, and has 150,000 pounds of bollard pull.
Point Of Contact
MSC Public Affairs
471 East C. St.
Norfolk, VA 23511-2419
(757) 443-3984
General Characteristics, Powhatan Class
Builder: Marinette Marine Corporation, Marinette, Wisconsin.
Propulsion: Two diesels, two shafts, controllable-pitch propellers, 7,250 horsepower
Length: 226 feet
Beam: 42 feet
Displacement: 2,260 tons full load
Draft: 15.1 feet
Speed: 14.5 knots
Crew: 18 civilians (19 civilians on Catawba)
Load: 2,260 tons full load
USNS Catawba (T-ATF 168) - Operates in the area of Arabian Gulf
USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) - Operates in the area of Pacific
USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) - Operates in the Atlantic/Mediterranean area
Last Update: 9 January 2019