Named after the American Indian tribe, the USNS POWHATAN was the lead ship of the POWHATAN - class of seven ocean tugs. Decommissioned on February 26, 1999, the POWHATAN was subsequently leased to an unknown organisation. Leasing details were not available. On June 12, 2008, the POWHATAN was transfered to the Turkish Navy were she was recommissioned as INEBOLU (A 590).
The USNS POWHATAN was equipped with a 10-ton capacity crane and a bollard pull of at least 54 tons. A deck grid was fitted aft which contained 1 inch bolt receptacles spaced 24 inches apart. That allowed for the bolting down of a wide variety of portable equipment. There were two GPH fire pumps supplying three fire monitors with up to 2,200 gallons of foam per minute. A deep module could be embarked to support naval salvage teams.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: September 12, 1975|
|Keel laid: September 30, 1976|
|Launched: June 24, 1978|
|Delivered: June 15, 1979|
|Decommissioned: February 26, 1999|
|Builder: Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, WI.|
|Propulsion system: 2 GM EMD 20-645F7B diesels; 5.73 MW sustained; 2 shafts; cp props; bow thruster; 300 hp (224 kW)|
|Length: 226 feet (68.9 meters)|
|Beam: 42 feet (12.8 meters)|
|Draft: 15.1 feet (4.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 2,260 tons full load|
|Speed: 14.5 knots|
|Crew: 16 civilians and 4 naval communications technicians|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS POWHATAN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.