USS Redwing III

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Redwing III

(YTB-783: dp. 283; 1. 109'; b. 31'; dr. 14'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 12;
cl. Natick)

The third Redwing (YTB-783), a large harbor tug, was laid down 9 August 1965 by the Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wis., and launched without ceremony 20 October 1965. On 23 November 1965 Redwing, in company with Manistee (YTB-782), another newly eonstrueted tug, departed the builder's yard for delivery to the Naval Station, San Diego, Calif.

Placed in service in June 1965, Redwing, fitted with special fenders to allow her to work with the Navy's round-hulled nuclear powered submarines, has operated in the 11th and 12th Naval Districts, assisting larger Navy ships in docking and performing general towing services.