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USS Proteus (AS 19)

- decommissioned -
- later IX 518 -

Originally a ship of the FULTON - class, the USS PROTEUS was commissioned as a diesel sub tender on January 31, 1944. From 1959-60, the PROTEUS was overhauled and reconfigured to service FBM submarines. During this overhaul her hull was sliced through, cutting the ship in half, and a forty-four-foot plug weighting 500 tons was added to the hull. This new section became the missile magazine.

Until 1964, the PROTEUS was assigned to SUBRON 14 at Holy Loch, Scotland, and to SUBRON 16 at Rota, Spain. From 1964 on, PROTEUS was assigned to SUBRON 15 at Apra Harbor, Guam.

Decommissioned on July 11, 1992, the PROTEUS was stricken from the Navy list in September 1992. However, in 1994 the PROTEUS was re-instated as IX 518 serving as berthing ship for overhaul crews at Bremerton, Wash. That last assignment ended in 1999, when IX 518 was retired and stricken for the last time. PROTEUS was later sold to Esco Marine, Brownsville, Tx., for scrapping. Scrapping was completed in early 2008.

General Characteristics:Keel laid: September 15, 1941
Launched: November 12, 1942
Commissioned: January 31, 1944
Decommissioned: July 11, 1992
Builder: Moore Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Oakland, Calif.
Propulsion System: Diesel electric (12 diesel engines)
Propellers: two
Length: 574.6 feet (175.1 meters)
Beam: 73 feet (22.3 meters)
Draft: 25.6 feet (7.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons
Speed: 18 knots
Armament: four 20mm guns
Crew: approx. 1250

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PROTEUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS PROTEUS:

March 12, 1962Irish Sea
USS PROTEUS suffers a brief fire during a weekend training cruise. The fire, which caused only slight damage, apparently started in a pile of rags.
December 2, 1972Pearl Harbor, HI.
USS PROTEUS experiences a blast in a boiler room while in Pearl Harbor, HI., suffering only slight damage.
May 1976Apra Harbor, Guam
Fuel oil leaks into the lower level of the ballistic missile magazine aboard the USS PROTEUS. According to the Navy, the leak was detected by magazine personnel and stopped.

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USS PROTEUS' Commanding Officers:

January 31, 1944 - September 12, 1944Captain Robert W. Berry, USN
September 12, 1944 - September 4, 1945Captain Charles N. Day, USN
September 4, 1945 - April 27, 1947Captain James A. Jordan, USN
April 27, 1947 - September 26, 1947Captain Richard C. Lake, USN
July 8, 1960 - August 25, 1962Captain Richard B. Laning, USN
August 25, 1962 - September 7, 1963Captain Raymond F. Dubois, USN
September 7, 1963 - January 16, 1965Captain Lindsay C. McCarty, USN
January 16, 1965 - July 14, 1966Captain Robert H. Gulmon, USN
July 14, 1966 - September 6, 1967Captain Daniel C. Clements, USN
September 6, 1967 - August 6, 1968Captain Fred T. Berry, USN
August 6, 1968 - April 10, 1970Captain R. M. Weidman, Jr., USN
April 10, 1970 - September 21, 1971Captain Frank A. Thurtell, USN
September 21, 1971 - March 6, 1974Captain John T. Rigsbee, USN
March 6, 1974 - June 8, 1976Captain Marvin S. Greer, Jr., USN
June 8, 1976 - June 6, 1978Captain Clifton G. Foster, USN
June 6, 1978 - August 7, 1980Captain Thomas R. Fox, USN
August 7, 1980 - June 18, 1982Captain Michael C. Colley, USN
June 18, 1982 - July 17, 1984Captain J. Stephen Perry, USN
July 17, 1984 - November 10, 1986Captain Herndon A. Oliver III, USN
November 10, 1986 - September 1, 1988Captain Paul W. Middents, USN
September 1, 1988 - August 16, 1990Captain Edward R. Losure, Jr., USN
August 16, 1990 - July 11, 1992Captain William A. Evans IV, USN

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The photo below was taken and contributed by Michael Martin and shows the PROTEUS (as IX 518) at Esco Marine, Brownsville, Texas, undergoing scrapping. The photo was taken on August 1, 2007.

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