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King County (AG 157) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS King County (LST 857)

The hangar for the supersonic Regulus II cruise missile, Project Lehi, leaves the structural shop at Mare Island on 25 March 1957 on its way for installation abroad USS King County (LST-857).

Photo No. Mare Island Naval Shipyard # 33684-3-57
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  USS King County (LST 857) conversion on 25 March 1957
USS King County (LST 857)

The Regulus II missile hangar aboard the floating derrick YD-33 on 4 April 1957 prior to installation aboard USS King County (LST-857).

Photo No. Mare Island Naval Shipyard # 33840-4-57
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  USS King County (LST 857) conversion on 4 April 1957
USS King County (LST 857)

The Regulus II missile hangar being installed on 5 April 1957 aboard USS King County (LST 857), a Landing Ship, Tank being converted to an experimental guided-missile testing ship. YD-33 with its 150-ton capacity is doing the lifting. The rest of the conversion has not yet been begun.

Photo No. Mare Island Naval Shipyard # 33809-4-57
Source: NavSource

  USS King County (LST 857) on 5 April 1957
USS King County (AG 157)

Underway with a probable dummy Regulus II missile on board. Note the Regulus II hangar forward and the simulated submarine sail behind the missile. Her deck and hangar layout was rigged to resemble the missile handling and launch fittings of USS Halibut (SSGN 587).

Photo No. NH 82208
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

  USS King County (AG 157)
USS King County (AG 157)

On 10 December 1958 just before for the first launch of the supersonic Regulus II guided missile from a surface vessel, off the California coast near the U.S. Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, California.

Photo No. USN 1039412
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS King County (AG 157) on 10 December 1958
USS King County (AG 157)

Launching a supersonic Regulus II guided missile subsequent to her initial launch of one on 10 December 1958. Note that the ship now has an anchor down. The earlier 10 December 1958 launch is shown in photo no. USN 1039413. The Regulus II missile was also fired from the diesel-propelled submarine USS Grayback (SSG 574), also with a jet-assist unit.

Photo No. Chance Vought Aircraft Inc. CVPR-2023 (U.S. Navy photo)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS King County (AG 157) launching a Regulus II guided missile