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USS Pompey (AF-5) Torpedo Boat Tender
USS Pompey (Collier) (1898 - 1899)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal - Yangtze Service Medal

  • Laid down in 1897 as SS Harlech by S. P. Austin and Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, England
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 19 April 1898 from James and Charles Harrison, London, England
  • Commissioned USS Pompey, 26 May 1898, at Norfolk, VA., LCDR. Edward W. Sturdy in command
  • Decommissioning at Philadelphia, PA., 18 January 1899
  • Converted to a Torpedo Boat Tender and recommissioned at Cavite, Philippines, 6 July 1911
  • Decommissioned, 5 July 1921, at Olongapo, Philippines
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 March 1922
  • Transferred to the War Department, 12 July 1922
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 3.085 t.
    Length 245'
    Beam 33' 6"
    Draft 15' 10"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 114
    Armament none
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Ajax 50k USS Pompey pierside, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1914." Robert Hurst
    Ajax 126k USS Pompey approaching Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines, circa 1914. Pompey was being used as a tender and store ship. She is wearing standard Naval Auxiliary markings including the inscription "Auxiliary, U.S. Navy, Pompey" on her bow.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 82223, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Ajax 207k USS Pompey outboard of USS Ajax (Collier #14) at Olongapo Naval Station, 22 February 1915. Note that both ships are dressed with flags for Washington's birthday. Pompey no longer has Naval Auxiliary markings although Ajax retains them.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 88564, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Ajax 61k Only the masts of USS Pompey are visible behind USS Ajax (Collier #14) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, 22 February 1915. The ships were dressed with flags in honor of George Washington's birthday.
    US Navy photo # NH 88563, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy C.A. Shively, collection, 1978.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Pompey
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Sturdy, Edward W.6 May 1898 - 8 January 1899
     Decommissioned18 January 1899 - 6 July 1911
    02LTjg. Lowe, Robert Vivian6 July 1911 - ?
    03LTjg. Wallace, Wiliam Oliver9 March 1912 - 29 October 1913
    04LTjg. Hillard, John Columbus29 October 1913 - 26 March 1914
    05LT. Pippo, Francis Alvino26 March 1914 - 1 July 1914
    06LTjg. Peyton, Paul Jones1 July 1914 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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