USN – Retired Auxiliaries and Other Ships

USN Retired Auxiliaries and Other Ships (see also current listing)

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Submarine Tenders

Fulton Class LOA 530′ TDISP 9,400 tons (7, all scrapped)

USS Fulton AS-11, 1984 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SC-85-01936

USS Sperry AS-12 (1944-1982) adapted 1961 to service nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Laid up Suisun Bay 1982-2011. Scrapped 2011USS Sperry AS-12 Suisun 2011.jpg

Large Transports

Converted Ocean Liners

USS West Point AP-23 (Originally SS America- United States Lines) (1939) LOA 723′ TDISP 35,000 tons wartime USS West Point (1941-1946). Long postwar career as America, and many other names. As SS American Star wrecked on way to scrapping, 1994, Playa de Garcey, Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. For many years the wreck-site was an attraction, with the front half of the vessel gradually deteriorating. In 2007 the bows collapsed into the sea and little remains visible.SS American Star wreck Fuerteventura 2004SS American Star wreck Fuerteventura 2007

Barrett Class Transport LOA 534′ TDISP 17,600 tons

USNS Upshur T-AP-198 (1952 – 1973) constructed 1951 as SS President Hayes. After retirement from USNS became TS State of Maine, used as training vessel at Maine and Massachusetts maritime academies until 1995, when it became a US Coast Guard Fire Training Vessel with ex-USS Shadwell Little Sand Island Mobile Bay AB removed 2010-2011 scrapped Brownsville TXUSNS Upshur mobile AB 2007

P2 Transport types

ex-USNS General Hugh J. Gaffey (originally Admiral W.L. Capps) AP-121, used as a Barracks Ship Pearl Harbor HW ca. 1987 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-ST-87-03912 Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret.)

USNS General Edwin D. Patrick T-AP-124 (Originally Admiral C.F. Hughes – 1945) LOA 609′ TDISP 17,000 tons in reserve fleet Suisun Bay 1968-2010, scrapped 2010 and General John S. Pope T-AP-110 (1943) LOA 623′ TDISP 17,900 tons in reserve fleet Suisun Bay 1970-2010 scrapped 2010

Admiral CF Hughes NH 80020
USAT Admiral C.F. Hughes AP-124 ca. 1946 NH 80020 Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command Collection of Mr. James Russell

USNS tranports Generals E D Patrick and J S Pope Suisun 2009.jpg

General John s pope NH 78646
USS General John S. Pope AP-110 transporting soldiers back from the Pacific NH 78646 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command Donald M. McPherson Collection

Hospital Ships

Haven Class LOA 522′ TDISP 15,200 tons (6, 1 lost in collision, rest scrapped)

USS Sanctuary AH-17 (1945 – 1975) laid up until 1989, sold to civilian use, attempts to convert to an addiction recovery center were mired in legal battles over cost of docking the vessel in Baltimore, MD, eventually sold for scrapping in Brownsville TX, 2011USS Sanctuary AH-17 Baltimore 2010

USS Sanctuary AH-17 NH 75350
USS Sanctuary in 1945, long before the addition of the large helicopter pad over the stern. NH 75350 Courtesy of the Naval Heritage and History Command

Merchant ships used by USN

USNS Observation Island T-AGM-23 (1958-2014) LOA 564′ TDISP 17,000 tons Originally launched as a Mariner Class merchant ship for the US Maritime Commission in 1953. Extensively converted to an experimental platform for ballistic missile research, and then to a missile range instrumentation ship (similar to Russian ships in this role). Conducted Polaris missile launch tests in 1959-1960. After transfer to the Military Sealift Command, the ship was fitted with the massive Cobra Judy radar, on a rotating mount near the stern, to help verify strategic arms limitation treaties by scanning for ballistic missile launches.

USNS Observation Island off Hawaii, 1983. Credit U.S. Air Force/TSGT Bert Mau / Public domain

USNS Observation Island

Liberty Ships LOA 442′ TDISP 14,400 tons (2710 built – 3 survive as museum ships and one is a docked building)

USNS Albert M. Boe T-AKV-6 (1945) last Liberty Ship built. Commissioned in the USN 1950-1954. Disposed sold 1964 as SS Kodiak Star fish cannery ship. Now a landlocked building, Kodiak AL, in same role for Trident Seafoods.

SS John W. Brown (no USN service) provided for comparison.

SS Arthur M. Huddel (1943) Converted to a fuel pipe carrier, veteran of Operation Pluto, Normandy operations, 1944. After the War she was reactivated as a cable layer and involved in the construction of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, and again later reactivated by US Navy as a barge to help lay the SOSUS sonar surveillance network in the Atlantic. After a long period in reserve at James River, where she contributed parts for the SS John W. Brown reconstruction, she was transferred to Greece as a museum ship in 2008.SS Arthur M. Huddel Piraeus 2018SS Red Oak Victory (1944-1969) commissioned into the USN as USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) At Suisun Bay inactive fleet 1969-1998, when she was acquired for a museum ship in Richmond CA.SS Red Oak Victory Richmond CA 2018

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