AKA NAVY TUG
Certification Level (recommended)
Advanced Open Water (AOW)
Booking below does NOT mean you will be diving this site. Unless otherwise specified – the captain & crew will choose the BEST & SAFEST dive site available on the day. Aaron’s cannot guarantee ANY dive site because of weather & conditions. We do, however; take your preferences into consideration.
The USS Nashua (YTB-774) was, and is, a US Navy ship. Built in 1965 by Marinette Marine, this 106’ ship (29’ beam) was one of the Natick class Large District Harbor Tugs. Using its 2,000 HP engine, the Nashua would tow and push other naval ships (possibly even the YO-257) at the Subic Bay Naval Station, Philippines. Secondarily, it served as waterfront fire response and as a harbor patrol craft. Following the closure of the base in 1992, the Nashua was transferred to Pearl Harbor and then retired from service in 1994. It was intentionally sunk in 2012 as a training site for Navy’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One, stationed at Pearl Harbor. The Nashua currently lists to starboard but can and will be repositioned by the Navy for training purposes.
It is covered extensively with coral growth and supports huge school(s) of Blueline snappers. Yellow Tangs, Trumpetfish, Brown surgeonfish, Cushion stars, and Slipper lobsters are other common sightings.