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USNS Neptune (T-ARC-2)
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USS Neptune (ARC-2) (1953 - 1973)
USACS William H. G. Bullard (1946 - 1953)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Uniform - Bravo
NGUB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


Neptune Class Cable Laying and Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS William H. G. Bullard, a Maritime Commission type (S3-S2-BP1) hull, for the US Army Signal Corps, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2557) at Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, DE.
  • Delivered to the US Army in February 1946, commissioned US Army Cable Laying Ship USACS William H. G. Bullard
  • Acquired by the Navy in 1953
  • Converted for Naval Service at Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Neptune (ARC-2), 1 June 1953, CDR. Robert A. Bogardus in command
  • Decommissioned in 1973 and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Neptune (T-ARC-2)
  • Placed out of service, 1 January 1991
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 August 1992
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 April 1998
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, transferred, 3 November 2005, to International Shipbreaking Limited, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,410 t.
    Length 362'
    Beam 47'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 13kts
    Complement 155
    Armament none
    Propulsion two Skinner Uniflow Reciprocating Steam Engines replaced with Diesel engines, twin shafts

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    USS Neptune (ARC-2)
    Neptune 81k Neptune (ARC-2) in drydock during conversion to a Cable Laying and Repair Ship at Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD., early 1953. Photo by Gene Ruark, pre-commissioning crew
    Neptune 84k Neptune (ARC-2) in drydock during conversion to a Cable Laying and Repair Ship at Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD., early 1953. Photo by Gene Ruark, pre-commissioning crew
    Neptune 217k USS Neptune (ARC-2) crew photo during commissioning ceremony, Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD, 1 June 1953
    Bethlehem Steel photo.
    Gene Ruark, pre-commissioning crew
    Neptune 205k USS Neptune (ARC-2) off Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD, during sea trials, circa June 1953
    Bethlehem Steel photo.
    Gene Ruark, pre-commissioning crew
    Neptune 142k USS Neptune (ARC-2) at Bethlehem Steel Co. Shipyard, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD, close up of bow (cable) sheaves , circa June 1953
    Bethlehem Steel photo.
    Gene Ruark, pre-commissioning crew
    Neptune 297k USS Neptune (ARC-2) at anchor, circa 1954, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Neptune 86k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway in San Francisco Bay in 1957.
    Photo ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Neptune 256k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway off Hampton Roads, VA. 28 November 1960.
    Photo courtesy of Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA., ©Nobe Smith.
    Bill Gonyo
    Neptune 43k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway in April 1972, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Neptune 50k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1973
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Neptune 43k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Neptune 120k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway, date and location unknown. ©Ramon Jackson
    Neptune 66k USS Neptune (ARC-2) underway off Hawaii, date unknown.
    DVIC photo # DNST9011493 by PH3 D.R. Hyder USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center web site
    Neptune 93k USS Neptune (ARC-2) getting underway at NOB Norfolk, VA. with the assistance of harbor tugs Oratamin (YTM-347) and Chiquito (YTB-499), August 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Neptune 57k USS Neptune (ARC-2) getting underway at NOB Norfolk, VA. with the assistance of harbor tugs Oratamin (YTM-347) and Chiquito (YTB-499), August 1964. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Neptune 45k USS Neptune (ARC-2) Change of Command, 8 September 1970 at San Francisco, CA. Russ Padden, courtesy Don Scott YNCS USN Ret
    USNS Neptune (T-ARC-2)
    Neptune 203k USNS Neptune (T-ARC-2) underway, date and location unknown/ Carl R. Friberg Jr

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    Neptune
    Contributed by Carl R Friberg
    Neptune
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Neptune (ARC-2)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bogardus, Robert Anthony1 June 1953 - ?
    02LCDR. Roark, Lonnie Hollandno dates
    03CDR. Miguel Jr., Theodore? - 8 September 1970
    04CDR. Griffith, Webster8 September 1970 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Life on the USS Neptune ARC-2 by Jerry Search
    USS Neptune (ARC-2) / USNS Neptune (T-ARC-2)
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