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Print of the copperplate engraving for Johann Bayer's Uranometria (1661) showing the constellation Orion, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory Library.
AS18 7699-43, 11/22/43
|167k||USS Orion (AS-18) at Mare Island 22 and 23 November 1943 at the end of her post commissioning overhaul.
File name: AS18 7699-43, US Navy, 11/22/43 - Bow view of USS Orion (AS 18) departing Mare Island, 22 November 22, 1943 for bay trials
File name: AS18 7701-43, US Navy, 11/22/43 - Broadside view of USS Orion (AS 18), 22 November 22, 1943 on bay trials
File name: AS18 7702-43, US Navy, 11/22/43 - Stern view of USS Orion (AS 18), 22 November 22, 1943 on bay trials
File name: AS 18 7821-43, US Navy, 11/23/43 - Bow view of USS Orion (AS 18) moored at Mare Island, 23 November 1946. USS Celeno (AK-76) is berth to the right.
File name: AS 18 7824-43, US Navy, 11/23/43 - View of the after 5" gun mounts of the USS Orion (AS 18) while at Mare Island, 23 November 1943.
AS18 7701-43, 11/22/43
AS18 7702-43, 11/22/43
AS18 7821-43, 11/23/43
AS18 7824-43, 11/23/43
|259k||USS Orion (AS-18) moored, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|118k||USS Orion (AS-18) moored, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|58k||USS Orion (AS-18) moored at Saipan in September 1944, with 7 fleet-type submarines alongside.
Photo from "United States Submarine Operations In World War 11," by Theodore Roscoe
|224k||USS Orion (AS-18), left and USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)
, right, at anchor in New York Harbor, 27 October 1945, during the 1945 New York Naval Review.
Note the two destroyers passing astern of the two tenders, crews of tenders and destroyers manning the rail and the blimp passing above.
Photo from Operation Enduring Service
|Chin Yu Chu|
|73k||USS Orion (AS-18) at anchor or moored to a buoy, circa 1950, location unknown.
US Navy photo
|55k||USS Orion (AS-18) and nest of submarines take a brief rest in the Virgin Islands alongside docking facilities made available by local residents, date unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1954
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|248k||USS Orion (AS-18) at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. during a change of command ceremony with the following submarines alongside.
Inboard to outboard:
USS Sailfish (SSR-572),
probably, USS Cutlass (SS-478),
USS Runner (SS-476),
USS Cobbler (SS-344),
USS Argonaut (SS-475),
USS Requin (SSR-481), and
USS Barbero (SSG-317).
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 92321.
|88k||USS Orion (AS-18) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1959
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|77k||USS Orion (AS-18) moored at the D&S Piers, Naval Station Norfolk, VA.. Across the pier is USS Sirago (SS-485). Laying alongside Orion is an unidentified Sturgeon Class attack submarine.
Undated US Navy photo
|Robert M. Cieri|
|613k||USS Orion (AS-18) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1971.
|Stanley C. Svec and
John W. Klar
|517k||USSOrion (AS-18) underway, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|685k||USS Orion (AS-18) underway, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|403k||USS Orion (AS-18) underway, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|609k||USS Orion (AS-18) underway, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|99k||USS Orion (AS-18) moored while tending submarines, date and location unknown.||John W. Klar|
|61k||USS Orion (AS-18) tending submarines, Naval Station Charleston, S.C., date unknown.|
|136k||USS Orion (AS-18) arriving at Genoa, Italy, 22 January 1980.||Photo by Carlo Martinelli|
|443k||USS Orion (AS-18) tending submarines, forward deployed at La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy. Orion is "Med Moored" at her berth on Santa Steffano Island about half way between "Mainland" Sardinia (off screen lower left) and the islands of La Maddalena and Capra (in the background), circa 1983.||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret and
John W. Klar
|201k||USS Orion (AS-18) forward deployed
at La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy. Orion is "Med Moored" at her berth on Santa Steffano Island, 30 September 1983. Crew members celebrate their ship's 40th birthday on the foredeck of USS Orion (AS-18), one of the Navy's oldest ships on active duty. Homeported in La Maddalena, Italy, Orion serves as flagship for Commander Submarine Refit Training Group, La Maddalena and Command Submarine Group Eight
US Navy photo.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret|
|125k||USS Orion (AS-18) tending a submarine while forward deployed at La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy, circa 1983.||Wendell McLaughlin|
|803k||Aerial view of USS Orion (AS 18) and USS Fulton (AS-11) moored side by side at La Maddalena, Sardinia in March 1985. Fulton (the oldest active ship in the fleet at the time, 43 years) relieved Orion for a period of 49 days so that Orion could receive needed maintenance and repairs.||Thomas K. Peters EN1 (SW) US Navy 1982-1991|
|79k||USS Orion (AS-18) in her moorings at La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy in August 1987.
Photo by Wendell McLaughlin PN1 (SS), USN Ret.
|Wendell McLaughlin for his father Wendell McLaughlin PN1 (SS), USN Ret.|
|292k||USS Orion (AS-18) and USS Key West (SSN-722), off Cartagena, Spain, 26 May 1990.||Manuel García García|
|225k||USS Orion (AS-18) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|1,025k||Starboard quarter view of the decommissioned ex-USS Orion (AS-18) in a dry dock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, VA., 26 August 1994. The ship yard is making sure the hull is water tight before moving the ship to storage.
Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-95-000679 a US Navy photo by Don Montgomery, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil
|331k||Ex-USS Orion (AS-18) being prepared for preservation at Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth, VA., 8 September 1994. To the left of Orion is the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in overhaul.
Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-95-01396 a US Navy photo by Don Montgomery, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil
|2.67M||Aerial view of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on the Elizabeth River, 25 March
1995. Ships in the yard, (L to R), the decommissioned Orion (AS-18), a destroyer under overhaul, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
USS George Washington (CVN-73), decommissioned submarine tender
Hunley (AS-31), the stripped-down hull of the decommissioned nuclear-powered guided missile
cruiser Virginia (CGN-38) and a medium auxiliary repair dock inside the large graving
dock at lower right.
Photo by Robert J. Sitar.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), photo # 330-CFD-DN-SC-95-01523.
|US National Archives|
|USS Orion (AS-18) Memorabilia
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
Bill of Fare General Mess, 4 July 1945
Imperial Domain of Golden Dragon card
|01||CAPT. Isgrig, Clayton Shadek||30 September 1943 - 10 July 1944|
|02||CAPT. Shane, George Leonard :RADM||10 July 1944 - 27 May 1945|
|03||CAPT. Hannon, Edward Robert||27 May 1945 - 11 June 1947|
|04||CAPT. Laing, Frederick Williams||11 June1947 - 1 June 1948|
|05||CAPT. Davidson, John Frederick :RADM||1 June 1948 - 1 July 1949|
|06||CAPT. McGregor Jr., Louis Darby (Sandy) :RADM||1 July 1949 - 1 July 1950|
|07||CAPT. Eddy, Ian Crawford||01 July 1950 - 23 June 1951|
|08||CAPT. Porter Jr., George Egbert||23 June 1951 - 3 January 1952|
|09||CDR. Baer, Donald George :RADM||03 January 1952 - 17 January 1952|
|10||CAPT. Murphy Jr., Charlton Lewi, :RADM||17 January 1952 - 9 April 1953|
|11||CAPT. Laughon, Willard Ros,||9 April 1953 - 8 May 1954|
|12||CAPT. Kinsella, William Thomas :RADM||8 May 1954 - 8 July 1955|
|13||CAPT. Kefauver, Russell||8 July 1955 - 11 August 1956|
|14||CAPT. Nimitz Jr., Chester William||11 August 1956 - 25 July 1957|
|15||CAPT. Bowers, Richard Harwood||25 July 1957 - 1 August 1958|
|16||CAPT. Brown, Charles Donald,||1 August 1958 - 11 August 1959|
|17||CAPT. Mason, John Denning, USN (USNA 1938)||11 August 1959 - 20 July 1960|
|18||CAPT. Eubanks, Leon Stuart||20 July 1960 - 7 July 1961|
|19||CAPT. Bergner, Allen Alfred :RADM||7 July 1961 - 6 August 1962|
|20||CAPT. Vandergrift Jr., Jacob. Jay||6 August 1962 - 30 August 1963|
|21||CAPT. Schocken, Julian Ivan||30 August 1963 - 21 August 1964|
|22||CAPT. McCants, Thomas Robert||21 August 1964 - 12 January 1966|
|23||CAPT. Siple, William Lynn, USN (USNA 1944)||12 January 1966 - 15 January 1967|
|24||CAPT. Bellah, James Crawford, USN (USNA 1946)||15 January 1967 - 22 July 1969|
|25||CAPT. Nicklas Jr., William Conrad, USN (USNA 1946)||22 July 1969 - 6 October 1970|
|26||CAPT. Nuss, Jerry John, USN (USNA 1947)||6 October 1970 - 20 May 1972|
|27||CAPT. Barunas Jr., George Aloysius, USN (USNA 1951)||20 May 1972 - 23 August 1974|
|28||CAPT. Drain, John Frederick||23 August 1974 - 19 June 1976|
|29||CAPT. Henson, George Marshall||19 June 1976 - 30 August 1978|
|30||CAPT. Skorupski Jr., Stanislaus Sidney (Stanley), USN (USNA 1955)||30 August 1978 - 27 June 1980|
|31||CAPT. Charles, Richard Noel, USN (USNA 1957)||27 June 1980 - 30 July 1982|
|32||CAPT. Branch Jr., Daniel Bernice||30 July 1982 - 24 July 1984|
|33||CAPT. Morgan, Robert Veron||24 July 1984 - 6 June 1986|
|34||CAPT. Ferrier, Donald Robert||6 June 1986 - 5 November 1988|
|35||CAPT. Morgan, Edward Lee||5 November 1988 - 14 February 1991|
|36||CAPT. Hack, Theodore Walter (Ted)||14 February 1991 - 30 September 1993|
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