U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessels
The new fast combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE-1) with the equally new combat store ship Mars (AFS-1) and the oil-stained FRAM-II destroyer Walke (DD-723) alongside, probably during pre-deployment training for a Westpac cruise that started on 27 November 1964. Walke has a highline over amidships while Mars has only a phone and distance line over forward and may be breaking away. Sacramento was nearly as large as an Iowa-class battleship and had half of the propulsion plant of one, the incomplete Kentucky (BB-66). Photo no. USN 1105513 released 24 December 1964.
Under Construction (Hard Hat Area)
This is a supplement to the auxiliary vessels portion of the Shipscribe site that takes it up to 1970. Work began in July 2021 and in its initial phases it is largely empty and the information that is posted is incomplete. It is posted primarily to assist in its production, although you evidently found the link and comments are welcome. It is expected to take several years to complete.
A slowdown in naval ship procurement in the late 1960s due to fiscal constraints at the height of the Vietnam War provided a convenient stopping point. When procurement resumed in the early 1970s the types procured were quite different, and decades later the Navy decided to move away altogether from operating its own auxiliary vessel force, relying on the civilian-manned Military Sealift Command and on contract shipping. As does the main site, this supplement provides for each ship its name and classification, technical specifications, and procurement history, along with dates of and other relevant data on construction, commissioning, and disposal. Most career details, notably operational history, are outside the scope of this work.
Ships are listed by type using standard U. S. Navy classifications (AD: Destroyer Tender, etc.) and class. To proceed to the ship class pages, click "Temporary Entrance" above or click on the photograph at the top of this page to access the main ship type page. The Quick Links Menu referenced inside this draft supplement is an alphabetical listing of ship types with direct links to them.
Whenever possible, a representative photograph has been provided for each ship class whith more photos to be provided in the future on special photo pages. The photos are primarily from the U. S. Naval History and Heritage Command and from other Navy sources, although documentation on these and other photos, including photo numbers and dates, is not as complete as for the period up to 1945 because many of the originals have not been cataloged. Unlike the other information on this site, all of which is copyright © by Stephen S. Roberts, all photographs that originated from U.S. Government collections or that have U.S. Government file numbers are believed to be in the public domain.
Page made 9 July 2021