Fulton (AS-11) Class: 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 Fulton (AS-11)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 November 1941 two months after completion.
Fulton was the only ship of the class completed with two open 5"/38 gun mounts and splinter protection (gun tubs) around all four mounts. Her main battery installation was later upgraded to resemble the later ships of the class, probably at an overhaul at Mare Island between April and June 1944.

Photo No. 19-N-26460
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Sperry (AS-12)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 24 July 1942.

Photo No. 19-N-32025
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM

 
USS Bushnell (AS-15)

In San Francisco Bay on 20 May 1943.

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

 
USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)

Near the Mare Island Navy Yard on 13 July 1944.
Note the massive kingpost pair with booms in place of the large rotating cranes on the Navy's other large World War II-era tenders.

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

 
USS Nereus (AS-17)

Off the Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 3 December 1947.

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

 
USS Proteus (AS-19)

Near the Charleston (S.C.) Naval Shipyard on 8 August 1960 after completing conversion to a tender to support the new Polaris SSBNs.
The hull was cut in half just forward of the engine rooms and a section with a ballistic missile magazine and handling crane was inserted amidships.

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

 
USS Nereus (AS-17)

Off the California coast near San Diego on 31 January 1966.
The after two 5"/38 gun mounts have been removed and the superstructure extended to the stern. All of her sisters were similarly modified.

Photo No. KN-12996
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)

Photographed after the fall of 1972 when her forward 5" guns were removed.

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