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USNS Neptune (T-ARC 2).
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Class: NEPTUNE (T-ARC 2)
Design: SCB Project No. 138, conversion of MC S3-S2-BP1
Displacement (tons): 4,410 light, 7,810 full
Dimensions (feet): 362' oa [349' oa Fischer], 322' wl[pp] x 47' wl x 25' max nav
Armament: none; (2: 1969) 3-20mmT; (2: 1971) 2-20mmT; (2: 1973) none
Accommodations: 28 officers, 145 enlisted [1948: 95 - 14 spares]
Speed (kts.): 14
Propulsion (HP): 4,000
Machinery: Skinner Unaflow steam rReciprocating [replaced with Diesel electric in 6 in 1982], 2 screws

Construction:
ARCNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
2NEPTUNE17 Feb 1953Pusey & Jones, Wilmington22 Jan 194522 Aug 19451 Jun 1953
6ALBERT J MYER13 May 1966Pusey & Jones, Wilmington14 Apr 19457 Nov 194513 May 1966

Disposition:
ARCNameTOOSStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
2NEPTUNET21 Oct 199120 Aug 19921 Apr 1998MA/T3 Nov 2005/D
6ALBERT J MYERT13 Feb 19947 Nov 19941 Apr 1998MA/T24 Aug 2005/D

Class Notes:
These two ships were built and originally named for operation by the Army Signal Corps. The first one, WILLIAM H G BULLARD, was transferred to the Navy from MA layup and renamed NEPTUNE on 17 Feb 1953. Approved characteristics for the conversion of MA "S4BE" design hulls to ARC, SCB Project No. 138, were promulgated on 15 Nov 1954 with a single change on 4 October 1955. Custody of the second one, ALBERT J MYER, was transferred from the Army to MSTS at Seattle on a loan basis on 18 Sep 1963.

[On 28 Jul 1965 the Air Force Communications Service held a meeting on repair concepts for the Johnston Island/Hawaii underwater cable, the main options being a contract for on-call repair service or charter of a full-period cable repair ship. The periods of greatest need were during JTF-8 test configuration periods. The Air Force Communications Service on 4 Oct 1965 requested that MSTS charter a cable ship to service Air Force deep sea communications cables in the Pacific Ocean. MSTS agreed on 1 Feb 1966, but in the meantime the Chief of Staff of the Air Force had directed that the Air Force, not MSTS, charter the ship because the performance of repair and maintenance services was an Air Force responsibility while MSTS was responsible for transportation services. On 4 Mar 1966 MSTS appealed this decision to the office of the Secretary of Defense, maintaining that the Navy and MSTS, as the DoD experts on maritime chartering, in fact had this responsibility. In possibly related activity....]

On 13 May 1966 the acting MARAD administrator advised the Navy that effective that date the loan agreement between the Army and MARAD for ALBERT J MYER had been cancelled and the ship simultaneously transferred to the permanent custody of the Navy. On 14 April 1967 she completed a transfer from the Atlantic to the Pacific. She received a meritorious unit commendation for service from 27 Aug to 15 Nov 1969 in Task Group 30.5 while executing a highly complex operation in the Pacific Ocean "which resulted in a most inmportant contribution to the increased antisubmarine warfare capability of the United States." [Possibly Caesar]
Ship Notes:
ARCNameMANotes
2NEPTUNE2557FY 1953. (ex-WILLIAM H G BULLARD, compl. 26 Feb 1946). Delivered to MC reserve fleet at Lee Hall, Va. 2 Mar 1946. To USN custody from MA and renamed 17 Feb 1953. [Correspondence on the name for ARC 1 states that SecNav Notice 5030 of 27 Mar 1953 effected the classification of USS NEPTUNE (ARC 2).] Decomm and to MSC 8 Nov 1973. To MA custody in JRRF 24 Sep 1991. Considered for use by Great Lakes Maritime Academy but found too large in Feb 2001. Departed JRRF 3 Nov 2005 for Brownsville under disposal contract with ISL. Scrapping complete 13 Apr 2006 at Brownsville.
6ALBERT J MYER2558(Compl. 17 May 1946.) To reserve in the James River 25 May 1946. Loaned to the Army from MA 7 Feb 1952. Returned by Army and to Navy 13 May 1966. To MA custody in JRRF 31 Mar 1994. Considered for use by Great Lakes Maritime Academy but found too large in Feb 2001. Departed JRRF 24 Aug 2005 for Brownsville under disposal contract with ISL. BU complete 10 Feb 2006 at Brownsville.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, VCC