Originally a ship of the FULTON - class, the USS PROTEUS was commissioned as a diesel sub tender on January 31, 1944. From 1959-60, the PROTEUS was overhauled and reconfigured to service FBM submarines. During this overhaul her hull was sliced through, cutting the ship in half, and a forty-four-foot plug weighting 500 tons was added to the hull. This new section became the missile magazine.
Until 1964, the PROTEUS was assigned to SUBRON 14 at Holy Loch, Scotland, and to SUBRON 16 at Rota, Spain. From 1964 on, PROTEUS was assigned to SUBRON 15 at Apra Harbor, Guam.
Decommissioned on July 11, 1992, the PROTEUS was stricken from the Navy list in September 1992. However, in 1994 the PROTEUS was re-instated as IX 518 serving as berthing ship for overhaul crews at Bremerton, Wash. That last assignment ended in 1999, when IX 518 was retired and stricken for the last time. PROTEUS was later sold to Esco Marine, Brownsville, Tx., for scrapping. Scrapping was completed in early 2008.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: September 15, 1941|
|Launched: November 12, 1942|
|Commissioned: January 31, 1944|
|Decommissioned: July 11, 1992|
|Builder: Moore Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Oakland, Calif.|
|Propulsion System: Diesel electric (12 diesel engines)|
|Length: 574.6 feet (175.1 meters)|
|Beam: 73 feet (22.3 meters)|
|Draft: 25.6 feet (7.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons|
|Speed: 18 knots|
|Armament: four 20mm guns|
|Crew: approx. 1250|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PROTEUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS PROTEUS:
|March 12, 1962||Irish Sea|
USS PROTEUS suffers a brief fire during a weekend training cruise. The fire, which caused only slight damage, apparently started in a pile of rags.
|December 2, 1972||Pearl Harbor, HI.|
USS PROTEUS experiences a blast in a boiler room while in Pearl Harbor, HI., suffering only slight damage.
|May 1976||Apra Harbor, Guam|
Fuel oil leaks into the lower level of the ballistic missile magazine aboard the USS PROTEUS. According to the Navy, the leak was detected by magazine personnel and stopped.
USS PROTEUS' Commanding Officers:
|January 31, 1944 - September 12, 1944||Captain Robert W. Berry, USN|
|September 12, 1944 - September 4, 1945||Captain Charles N. Day, USN|
|September 4, 1945 - April 27, 1947||Captain James A. Jordan, USN|
|April 27, 1947 - September 26, 1947||Captain Richard C. Lake, USN|
|July 8, 1960 - August 25, 1962||Captain Richard B. Laning, USN|
|August 25, 1962 - September 7, 1963||Captain Raymond F. Dubois, USN|
|September 7, 1963 - January 16, 1965||Captain Lindsay C. McCarty, USN|
|January 16, 1965 - July 14, 1966||Captain Robert H. Gulmon, USN|
|July 14, 1966 - September 6, 1967||Captain Daniel C. Clements, USN|
|September 6, 1967 - August 6, 1968||Captain Fred T. Berry, USN|
|August 6, 1968 - April 10, 1970||Captain R. M. Weidman, Jr., USN|
|April 10, 1970 - September 21, 1971||Captain Frank A. Thurtell, USN|
|September 21, 1971 - March 6, 1974||Captain John T. Rigsbee, USN|
|March 6, 1974 - June 8, 1976||Captain Marvin S. Greer, Jr., USN|
|June 8, 1976 - June 6, 1978||Captain Clifton G. Foster, USN|
|June 6, 1978 - August 7, 1980||Captain Thomas R. Fox, USN|
|August 7, 1980 - June 18, 1982||Captain Michael C. Colley, USN|
|June 18, 1982 - July 17, 1984||Captain J. Stephen Perry, USN|
|July 17, 1984 - November 10, 1986||Captain Herndon A. Oliver III, USN|
|November 10, 1986 - September 1, 1988||Captain Paul W. Middents, USN|
|September 1, 1988 - August 16, 1990||Captain Edward R. Losure, Jr., USN|
|August 16, 1990 - July 11, 1992||Captain William A. Evans IV, USN|
USS PROTEUS Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken and contributed by Michael Martin and shows the PROTEUS (as IX 518) at Esco Marine, Brownsville, Texas, undergoing scrapping. The photo was taken on August 1, 2007.