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Banner (AGER 1) 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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U.S. Army FP 344 (later USS Pueblo, AGER 2)

Fitting out at Kewaunee, Wisc., about July 1944. Originally classified by the army as a Freight and Passenger Vessel (FP), she with many sisters was soon reclassified as a Freight Supply Vessel (FS), in both cases for inter-island service. The photo was forwarded to the Navy by her builder, the Kewaunee Shipbuilding Co., in 1968 soon after the ship became famous.

Photo No. NH 74690
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

  U.S. Army FP 344, later USS Pueblo (AGER 2) in 1944
US Army FS 344 (later USS Pueblo, AGER 2)

At anchor in Manila Bay, Philippines, on 21 August 1946.

Photo No. US Army Signal Corps SC 255480, NARA 111-SCA-Album 2926-048
Source: NavSource from U.S. National Archives (RG 111)

  Army FS 344 on 21 August 1946
USNS AKL-25 (T-AKL-25)

In New York Harbor while in MSTS service between 1950 and 1952. Astern can be seen a 'Brooklyn' ferry, either the Tides or the Narrows.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: NavSource

   USNS T-AKL-25, later USS Banner (AGER 1), between 1950 and 1952
USS Banner (AKL 25)

In a dock at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on 10 December 1952 during an inclining experiment.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19 (textual) Entry P 48 Box 349

   USNS T-AKL-25, later USS Banner (AGER 1), between 1950 and 1952
USS Banner (AKL 25)

Shown on 10 April 1959 during one of her occasional visits to Hong Kong during her service as a resupply vessel for the Marianas Islands. She became USS Banner (AKL 25) on 11 September 1952. Photo processed by the COMNAVMAR Photo Lab at Guam, Marianas.

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

  USS Banner (AKL 25) on 10 April 1959
USS Banner (AKL 25)

Photographed on 18 July 1966 near Kannon Zaki Point, Japan, after conversion to an intelligence collection ship but before reclassification to AGER 1.

Photo No. KN 13700
Source: Shipscribe

  USS Banner (AKL 25) as an intelligence collector on 18 July 1966
USS Banner (AKL 25)

Photographed after conversion to an intelligence collection ship but before being reclassified AGER 1. She has fewer antennas just forward of the mast than in the photo above.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283)

  USS Banner (AKL 25) as an intelligence collector circa 1966
USS Pueblo (AKL 44)

USS Pueblo (AKL-44) moored pierside after conversion to an intelligence collection ship. The bunting suggests it was on her commissioning day, 13 May 1967, and the hammerhead crane looks like the one at the Puget Sound navy yard. The ship astern is probably Estes (AGC 12).

Photo No. Unknown
Source: NavSource from the collections of the US Navy Memorial (USN photo)

  USS Pueblo (AKL 44) probably on 13 May 1967
USS Pueblo (AGER 2)

Probably photographed off San Diego, California, on 19 October 1967. Note the numerous differences in detail between Pueblo and Banner as converted including the size and configuration of the new deckhouse forward of the bridge.

Photo No. USN, number near 1129208
Source: Shipscribe

  USS Pueblo (AGER 2) probably on 19 October 1967
USS Banner (AGER 1)

Photographed on 12 May 1969 after the seizure of her near sister Pueblo. Note the 20mm guns in the bridge wings.

Photo No. NH 68707-KN
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (www.history.navy.mil)

  USS Banner (AGER 1) on 12 May 1969