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|55k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) entering Hampton Roads, VA., date unknown.||Courtesy Elmer Brown
USS Betelgeuse AK (FBM) 260 Reunion Association
|96k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) entering a Mediterranean port, date unknown.
US Navy photo
|Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.|
|56k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) and USS Forrestal (CV-59) during and underway replenishment, 21 June 1957, in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain.||Courtesy Elmer Brown
USS Betelgeuse AK (FBM) 260 Reunion Association (John Ackerman)
|73k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260), moored alongside USS Proteus (AS-19) at Holy Loch, Scotland while Proteus tends two of her brood. Betelgeuse shuttled between Charleston and Holy Loch bringing everything needed to operate the tender, maintain the subs and provide for the well being of crew and dependents.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine October 1962
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|38k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) underway, date and location unknown. Photo source, "Jane's Fighting Ships 1968-69."||Robert Hurst|
|406k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) crew manning the rail while underway, date and location unknown.||Ron Reeves|
|134k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) and USS Eaton (DD-510)
moored pierside at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., date unknown.
Photo taken from USS Randolph (CV-15)
|271k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260), the subject of an article in Naval Reservist Newsletter and Navy Times describing an experimental method for preservation of ships in reserve.||Ron Reeves|
|620k||USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, PA. using a newly developed preservation method, circa 1971.
The ship’s deck, topside equipment and superstructure were completely covered from bow to stem by a single, custom engineered, air-supported, plastic structure within
which dehumidified air was circulated. The advantage of this method was that significant time was saved in reactivating a ship to full operating status.
The new process required minimum dismantling of a ship’s topside equipment for stowage below deck. Winches, controllers, directors and other topside gear remained in
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine September 1972
|96k||Ex-USS Betelgeuse (AK-260) aground at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Betelgeuse broke free from her tow on 17 January 1976 while enroute to Luria Brothers at Brownsville, TX. for scrapping. "When the experimental covering over [Betelgeuse] was torn open during a storm, after [the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility Philadelphia] lost power to the nest and the backup diesel failed to start it was decided to sell the ship for scrapping. After stripping the ship of materials that NavSea deemed necessary, I instructed the crew in the Disposal Division to paint over the hull numbers prior to the ship being towed out of the back basin by the new owners. They neglected to accomplish the task until the day it was supposed to be towed, So they grabbed what paint they had, which wasn’t enough so they diluted it with something to make it last." (Bill Toohey) That explains the dark color bleeding through where the hull number used to be.||Bill Toohey|
|01||CDR. Parker, Lannis A., USN Ret.||15 April 1952 - 1953|
|02||CAPT. Dabney, Thomas Bullard||1953 - June 1954|
|03||CAPT. Smith, Russell Henry||1954 - February 1955|
|05||CDR.Thatcher, William Gordon||May 1956 - 1957|
|06||CDR. Bitting, Frederick Edmund||1957 - 1958|
|07||CDR. Collins, Wilbur Plumer||1958|
|08||CDR. Hall, Perry||1960 - 1961|
|09||CDR. Godek, Mieczyslaw||1961 - 1963|
|10||CDR. Miller, Orville Hillard||1963 - 1964|
|11||CAPT. Martin, William Carlton||1964 - 1965|
|12||CAPT. Barnes, Alan Franklin, USN (USNA 1947)||1965 - 1967|
|13||CDR. Prezioso, Ronald||1967 - 1969|
|14||CDR. Mazzolini, John Andrew||1969 - 1970|
|15||LCDR. Jerns, Robert Lee||1970 - 15 January 1971|
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