Monday, September 12, 2011

USNS Apache (T-ATF 172)

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) endures a rare snow storm on board Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek, Va. 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. Apache is the last of the Powhatan-class fleet ocean tugs, and was delivered to the Navy in 1981. (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain)

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