The U.S. Navy released an interesting photo of a pilot from the U.S. Navy harbor tugboat Dekanawida (YTB 831) climbing up a ladder to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) to help guide the ship into port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jan. 19, 2011.
Gunston Hall is on deployment in support of Southern Partnership Station, an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Leona Mynes, U.S. Navy/Released).
Working on a Navy tugboat is tough, dangerous work.
The photo reminds me of my own time serving on a Navy tugboat.
After serving two years on the aircraft carrier the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) during the Vietnam War, I served two years on the USS Saugus (YTB 780) at the nuclear submarine base in Holy Loch, Scotland in 1974 and 1975.
Below are some photos from my days on a Navy tugboat: