Argonne (AS-10): Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For most classes many other photographs exist.
For more complete online collections of U. S. Navy ship photographs see in particular the NHHC Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Argonne (AP-4)

At Mare Island, Calif., on 4 July 1923 as a U.S. Navy transport.
She landed the merchant-type lifeboats and davits when converted to a submarine tender in 1925-1926. Her sister Chaumont (AP-5) retained them during her entire Navy career as a transport and then as the hospital ship Samaritan (AH-10).

Photo No. NH 99115
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Argonne (AS-10)

In Panamanian waters in 1927-1928 while en route to join the Battle Fleet in the Pacific.
The submarines alongside her are (from outboard to inboard) USS V-2 (SF-5), V-1 (SF-4), and V-3 (SF-6). In 1931 these submarines became respectively USS Bass (SS-164), Barracuda (SS-163), and Bonita (SS-165).

Photo No. NH 61683
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Argonne (AS-10)

Photographed circa the early 1930s.

Photo No. NH 67497
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Argonne (AS-10)

Photographed on 6 April 1931 by the Fleet Camera Party, which was embarked in the ship after she became flagship of the Base Force in late 1930.
An important function of the Fleet Camera Party was to photograph the fall of shot during gunnery exercises. The date of 10 December 1935 recorded on another copy of this photo is probably in error.

Photo No. 19-N-14151
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-E and RG-19-N box 20

 
USS Argonne (AS-10)

Photographed as flagship of the Base Force during the 1930s.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Argonne (AG-31)

At the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on 11 August 1941 after an overhaul during which her armament was installed.
Four 5"/51 guns were fitted, two at each end of the ship, and four 3"/23 guns were fitted on the superstructure aft of the smokestack. Her forward goalpost mast was also removed.

Photo No. 19-N-25207
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Argonne (AG-31)

At Pearl Harbor in May 1942 protected by anti-torpedo nets.

Photo No. 19-N-30204
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Argonne (AG-31)

Returning to San Francisco Bay from the Western Pacific in 1946.
She is loaded with homeward bound servicemen.

Photo No. NH 98750
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command