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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 ESCO 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) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Nereus 61k USS Nereus (AS-17) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Nereus 70k USS Nereus (AS-17) under way, 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
    City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7124.1, by Walter E. Frost
    738k USS Nereus (AS-17) entering the Port of Vancouver BC passing under the Lions Gate Bridge, 30 August 1947.
    City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7124 and City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7124.1, by Walter E. Frost
    Mike Green
    Nereus
    City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-7124, by Walter E. Frost
    738k
    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) under way, circa late-1940s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    Nereus 124k USS Nereus (AS-17) with three boats alongside; USS Balao (SS-285), USS Charr (SS-328) and USS Chivo (SS-341), probably around 1952, at San Diego.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    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) under way in San Francisco Bay in 1958.
    Photo ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Nereus 71k USS Nereus (AS-17) and USS Sperry (AS-12) 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) under way, circa 1960, location unknown.
    Official US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Nereus 151k USS Nereus (AS-17) under way in 1961, location unknown.
    Official US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Nereus 285k USS Nereus (AS-17) arrives at the figure piers Mare Island with the assistance of Dekaury (YTB-178) and a second tug, 24 January 1962.
    US Navy photos courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum File names : AS 17 536X9-1-62 TH
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 283k USS Nereus (AS-17) arrived at Mare Island, 24 January 1962. She was transporting dependents, 15 tons of luggage and 58 cars of the crew of the USS Swordfish (SSN-579). Swordfish was at Mare Island for overhaul.
    US Navy photos courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum File names : AS 17 536X5-1-62
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 110k RADM L. V. Honsinger (Commander, Mare Island Naval Shipyard) welcomes Capt. R. B. Satterford (CO, USS Nereus (AS-17) to the shipyard on 24 January 1962. The Nereus was delivering the dependents and property of the crew of USS Swordfish (SSN-579).
    US Navy photo courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum File name: AS 17 536X5-1-62
    Darryl Baker
    Nereus 154k USS Nereus (AS-17) under way, 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # KN-12997.
    Scott Koen
    Nereus 135k USS Nereus (AS-17) under way 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 65k USS Nereus (AS-17) ship's plaque Tommy Trampp
    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
  • Suisun Reserve Fleet photos by Michael McDermott

  • Commanding Officers
    01 CAPT. Follmer, Lloyd Dallas27 October 1945 - 24 June 1946
    02 CAPT. Dodge, Harry Benjamin24 June 1946 - 6 October 1947
    03 CAPT. Lynch Jr., Ralph Clinton :RADM6 October 1947 - 18 June 1949
    04 CAPT. Sands, Eugene Thomas18 June 1949 - 25 January 1951
    05 CAPT. Wheland, Karl Raymond25 January 1951 - 3 July 1952
    06 CAPT. Styles, Ralph Emerson3 July 1952 - 11 July 1953
    07 CAPT. Nauman, Harvey Kent (34)11 July 1953 - 21 August 1954
    08 CAPT. Dornin, Robert Edson (Dreep)21 August 1954 - 20 July 1955
    09 CAPT. Parham, William Brownlee 20 July 1955 - 20 August 1957
    10 CAPT. Schmidt, John Sneed20 August 1957 - 24 July 1958
    11 CAPT. Fitz-Patrick, Joseph Paul24 July 1958 - 6 August 1959
    12 CAPT. Haines, John Lyman6 August 1959 - 20 August 1960
    13 CAPT. McGuinness, Walter Arthur, USN (1939)20 August 1960 - 10 June 1961
    14 CAPT. Satterford, R. B. (NG)10 June 1961 - 3 March 1962
    15 CAPT. Ford, James A. (NG)3 March 1962 - 16 March 1963
    16 CAPT. Garvey, Richard Scott (NG)16 March 1963 - 11 April 1964
    17 CAPT. des Granges, Maino11 April 1964 - 17 July 1965
    18 CAPT. Grossetta Jr,, Warren Arthur (Moose)17 July 1965 - 20 August 1966
    19 CAPT. Franz, Edward Dietrick (NG) 20 August 1966 - 8 July 1967
    20 CAPT. Searles, P. N. (NG)8 July 1967 - 13 February 1969
    21 CAPT. Cuddy, Thomas William13 February 1969 - 2 September 1970
    22 CAPT. Dickieson, Robert Whyte2 September 1970 - 13 July 1971
    23 CDR. Fletcher, Charles Douglass13 July 1971 - 27 October 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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