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USS Nereus (AS-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Foxtrot - Juliet
NUFJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)


Fulton Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 12 October 1943, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Launched, 12 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS Nereus (AS-17), 27 October 1945, CAPT. L. D. Follmer in command
  • During World War II USS Nereus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Nereus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 January to 7 April 1946
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register , 27 October 1971
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility
  • Transfer to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 26 April 1993, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title passed to MARAD, 7 May 1993
  • Cleared for disposal, 25 February 2007
  • Final Disposition, sale for scrapping, 17 July 2012, to EXCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., arrived at Brownsville, 8 September 2012
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,734 t.(lt) 15,034 t. (fl)
    Length 529' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 15.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 72
    Enlisted 1470
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 26,560 Bbls
    Propulsion
    General Motors 16-248 Diesel electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 500Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 11,200shp

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    Nereus 143k Nereus (AS-17) keel laying ceremony at Mare Island Navy Yard, 12 October 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7064-43, 10/12/43
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS 17 4137-44
    323k Nereus (AS-17) under construction at Mare Island Navy Yard:
    File name: AS 17 4137-44, US Navy, 7/2/44 - Bow view of the Nereus (AS 17) on the ways at Mare Island, 2 July 1944
    File name: AS 17 4138-44, US Navy, 7/2/44 - Stern view of the Nereus (AS 17) on the ways at Mare Island, 2 July1944
    File name: AS 17 152-45, US Navy, 1/2/45 - Stern view of the Nereus (AS 17) on the ways at Mare Island, 2 January 1945
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS 17 4138-44
    420k
    Nereus
    AS 17 152-45
    485k
    Nereus 147k Nereus (AS-17) christening ceremony at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. , 12 February 1945.
    US Navy Yard photo # AS 17 1041-42
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 126k Nereus (AS-17) christening ceremony - Mrs. A.M. Hurst christens the ship, 12 February 1945 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. From left to right; RADM Mahlon S. Tisdale (Shipyard Commandant); Mrs. A. M. Hurst (Sponsor), Capt. A. M. Hurst; and Mrs. Styer
    US Navy Yard photo # AS 17 106X-42
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 390k Nereus (AS-17) launching, 12 February 1945, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. Ron Reeves
    Nereus 76k Nereus (AS-17) immediately after launching at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 12 February 1945.
    US Navy Yard photo # AS 17 1084-42
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS 17 4137-44
    323k Nereus (AS-17) at her fitting out berth at Mare Island Navy Yard:
    File name: AS 17 5082-45, US Navy, 7/1/45 - Stern view Nereus, 1 July 1945
    File name: AS 17 6763-45, US Navy, 10/1945 - Bridge view, 19 October 1945.
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS 17 6763-45
    267k
    Nereus 99k USS Nereus (AS-17) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 6 November 1945.
    US Navy Yard photo # AS 17 6993-45
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 58k USS Nereus (AS-17) moored to a buoy with four submarines alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Nereus 31k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Nereus 61k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Nereus 70k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Nereus
    MINY photo # 2018-47
    84k USS Nereus (AS-17) undocking from Dry Dock #2 at Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. on Navy Day, 27 October 1947.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 2018-47 and
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 2021-47.
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    MINY photo # 2021-47
    86k
    Nereus
    AS17 2367-47 12/2/47
    425k USS Nereus (AS-17) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 2 December 1947.
    File name: AS17 2367=47, US Navy, 12/2/47 - Forward 5" guns and
    File name: AS 17 2369-47, US Navy, 12/2/47 - Stern view
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS17 2369=47 12/2/47
    325k
    Nereus
    AS 17 2376-47 12/3/47
    238k USS Nereus (AS-17) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 3 December 1947.
    File name: AS17 2376-47 12/3/47 - turning at Mare Island in preparation of going to sea. and
    File name: AS 17 2378-47 12/3/47 - departing Mare Island with the assistance of Pocahontas (YTB-266).
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS 17 2378-47 12/3/47
    266k
    Nereus 110k USS Nereus (AS-17) off Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 3 December 1947.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Nereus
    AS 17 625-4-48 4/20/48
    239k Views of the Mare Island built model of USS Nereus (AS-17), 20 April 20, 1948. Model makers are from left to right: G. Kolar, P. Kirgen, A. Howaway, J. Kurtz, E. Schauman, E. Greenwell and H. E. Williams.
    File name: AS 17 625-4-48. US Navy, 4/20/48 - Broadside view
    File name: AS 17 627-4-48, US Navy, 4/20/48 - Bow view
    File name: AS 17 643-4-48, US Navy, 4/20/48 - Stern view
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus
    AS 17 627-4-48 4/20/48
    193k
    Nereus
    AS 17 643-4-48 4/20/48
    287k
    Nereus 2237k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway, circa late-1940s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    Nereus 135k USS Nereus (AS-17) with nine submarines alongside;
    USS Tunny (SSG-282),
    USS Cusk (SS-348),
    USS Carbonero (SSG-337),
    USS Tilefish (SS-307),
    USS Spinax (SSR-489),
    USS Rock (SSR-274),
    USS Remora (SS-487),
    USS Catfish (SS-339),
    USS Volador (SS-490)

    and the Submarine Rescue Vessel USS Florikan (ASR 9)
    moored alongside at San Diego for Subron Five's Change of Command, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1955.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Perch 230k USS Perch (ASSP-313), alongside USS Nereus (AS-17), 1956. Courtesy of usssubvetsofwwii.org
    Nereus 79k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway in San Francisco Bay in 1958.
    Photo ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Nereus 71k USS Nereus (AS-17) and USS Fulton (AS-11) moored to buoys at San Diego, with submarines alongside date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1958.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Nereus 36k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
    Official US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Nereus 151k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway in 1961, location unknown.
    Official US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Nereus 154k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway, 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # KN-12997.
    Scott Koen
    Nereus 135k USS Nereus (AS-17) underway off the California coast near San Diego, 31 January 1966. The after two 5"/38 gun mounts have been removed and the superstructure extended to the stern.US Navy photo # KN-12996 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Robert Hurst
    Nereus 91k USS Nereus (AS-17) moored to a buoy with USS Shields (DD-596) alongside in 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Nereus 391k USS Nereus (AS-17) and USS Sperry (AS-12) moored at Naval Base Point Loma, circa 1970s. Ron Reeves
    Nereus 344k
    Nereus 159k USS Nereus (AS-17) Commanding Officer, CDR C. Douglas Fletcher, USN, gives the order to haul down aboard Nereus (AS 17) during her decommissioning at Mare Island. 27 October 1971. From left to right: CDR C. Douglas Fletcher, Capt. Louis T. J. Urbanczyk (Commodore, Sub Squadron 5) and Capt. Frank C. Knock (Production Officer). Darryl Baker
    Nereus 91k USS Nereus (AS-17) jack being lowered during her decommissioning ceremony at Mare Island on 27 Oct 1971. Darryl Baker
    Nereus 53k USS Nereus (AS-17) Mare Island plank-owners pictured during her decommissioning at the shipyard, 27 Oct 1971. From left to right: Capt. F. C. Knock (Production Officer), CDR C. D. Fletcher (Last CO of Nereus), Ray Denny, William Gonyer, Ray Ramos, Jack Groo, William Sweigart, Barney Kelly, LCDR H. L. Banres and Cruz Pangelinan. Darryl Baker
    Nereus 54k Ex-USS Nereus (AS-17) surrounded by tugs as she is being moved through the Mare Island Naval Shipyard causeway to the Reserve Fleet, 11 December 1971. Tugs assisting include YTL-431.
    US Navy Yard photo # AS 17 10800-12-71
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 65k Ex-USS Nereus (AS-17) squeezing through the Mare Island causeway on her way to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, 11 December 1971. The USS Pampanito (SS-383) is the submarine in the photo to the right. The shipyard dredge is forward of the Pampanito Darryl Baker
    APL-3 85k Ships moored at Mare Island Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, 23 May 1972. include APL-3 in the foreground and ex-USS Nereus (AS-17) and ex-USS Markab (AR-23) in the background. Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, (Courtesy L. Cote). Robert Hurst
    Nereus 306k Ex-USS Nereus (AS-17) moored in the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., circa 1993. US Maritime Administration photos. Ron Reeves
    Nereus 189k
    Nereus 154k Ex-USS Nereus (AS-17) at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard for bottom cleaning and preparation for towing to a scrapping yard, circa August 2012 Photo by Mike McCullough


    For more photos and information about USS Nereus, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Interior Images
  • Miscellaneous and Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers
  • Suisun Reserve Fleet photos by Michael McDermott

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

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