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AKL 17 (FS Design 381 Part 2) 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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USNS AKL 17 (T-AKL 17)

Probably photographed in the early 1950s. Three later views are provided below.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 17 (T-AKL 17) in the early 1950s
USNS AKL 21 (T-AKL 21)

Shown in the Canal Zone between her acquisition in July 1950 and her inactivation in June 1952.

Photo No. None (also NH 59996)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 21 (T-AKL 21) in 1950-52
USNS AKL 22 (T-AKL 22)

This photo is from her 1960 sale brochure. She began inactivation in November 1952 with AKL 20, AKL 23 and AKL 32. AKL 23 (alongside to port) and AKL 24 were offered for sale in the same brochure using this photo. The stern in the foreground is probably AKL 20 (Design 330). The destroyer Stephen Potter (DD 538) is in reserve at the extreme left next to a destroyer escort.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (Ships Histories)

  USNS AKL 22 (T-AKL 22)
USNS AKL 26 (T-AKL 26)

One of three ships completed as refrigerated variants of Design 381 (Design 381A). The small structure at the base of the bridge house may be a refrigeration unit. She was inactivated in July 1954.

Photo No. None (also NH 59995)
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 26 (T-AKL 26)
USNS AKL 27 (T-AKL 27)

Another Design 381A refrigerated variant with a clear view of the possible refrigeration unit forward of her bridge house. This ship remained active until February 1958.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 27 (T-AKL 27)
USS Brule (AKL 28)

The third Design 381A refrigerated variant during an inclining experiment on 29 April 1954 at the Ship Repair Facility at Guam during her commissioned service in the Marianas between 1952 and 1956. A later view is provided below.

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

  USS Brule (AKL 28) on 29 April 1954
USNS AKL 29 (T-AKL 29)

Probably shown in the late 1950s with a style of MSTS bow number also observed in AKL 17, AKL-31, and probably other ships.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 29 (T-AKL 29) in the late 1950s
USNS AKL 30 (T-AKL 30)

Shown in the Pacific region between 1950 and her inactivation in September 1954.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 30 (T-AKL 30) in 1950-54
USNS AKL 31 (T-AKL 31)

Photographed in the Far East on 2 March 1955. This ship is listed with accommodations for 41 troops and 12 cabin passengers, which probably accounts for the expanded forecastle and level forward of the bridge house. These alterations may date from her Army years. The standard Design 381 ship had room for at most four passengers and generally none.

Photo No. USN (80-G) 1031926
Source: NHHC (MSC), also NARA RG-80

  USNS AKL 31 (T-AKL 31) on 2 March 1955
USNS AKL 17 (T-AKL 17)

Leaving the Pacific Channel of the Panama Canal Zone for sea on 7 September 1956 with a deck cargo of light vehicles.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 17 (T-AKL 17) on 7 September 1956
USNS AKL 17 (T-AKL 17)

Delivering supplies to Texas Tower No. 2 on the Georges Bank before her renaming in October 1961.

Photo No. None
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS AKL 17 (T-AKL 17)
USNS New Bedford (T-AKL 17)

With a new rig superficially resembling FS Design 330 and after her renaming in October 1961. The rig, probably developed for supporting Texas Towers, was fitted before the renaming.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

  USNS New Bedford (T-AKL 17)
USS Brule (AKL 28)

In Vietnam with a riverine LCM alongside. Her primary role was resupply of riverine bases thanks to her ability to carry over 100 tons of frozen foods and her shallow draft. By 1968 the small deckhouse on her stern had been reconfigured from rectangular to cylindrical form as seen here for unknown reasons.

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

  USS Brule (AKL 28)