Built in 1979, by the Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette Wisconsin (hull #167) as the T-ATF 167 (Narragansett) for the United States Navy.
In 1979, the vessel was transferred to Military Sealift Command. Where she retained her name.
On October 18th, 1999 she was removed from active service. And was laid up at Mare Island in San Diego, California. And assigned to inactive reserve status.
On June 5th, 2002 the vessel was struck from the Naval Register. And, on August 2nd, 2002 she was transferred to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for service as towing vessel or service vessel.
In 2002, she was transferred to the care of the DonJon Marine Company Incorporated of Hillside, New Jersey. Where the vessel was renamed as the Narragansett.
Under the supervision of Naval Sea Systems Command (Supervisor of Salvage). The DonJon Marine Company Incorporated mans, operates, and maintains the tug as a subcontractor to the CSC Corporation. Which is a contractor to the United States Navy.
Powered by two, twenty cylinder, EMD 20-645F7B diesel engines. Turning two, stainless steel, controllable, reversible pitch propellers, mounted in kort nozzles. With a single, 300 horsepower bow thruster. She is a twin screw towing vessel rated at 7,200 horsepower.
Her electrical service is provided by three, 400kW generator sets. Driven by four DD 8v-71 diesel engines. The tug's capacities are 206,714 gallons of fuel oil, 6,100 gallons of lube oil, 5,800 gallons of potable water, 6,000 gallons of drinking water.
The towing equipment consists of a single drum, SMATCO66 DTS-200, towing winch, with a level wind. Outfitted with 2,500(ft) of 2.5(in) towing wire. With a Lake Shore traction winch, outfitted with 15(in) towing hawser. A direct drive capstan, as well as two sets of hydraulic towing pins. And two electro hydraulic mooring winches.