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USS Proteus AS-19

USS Proteus (AS-19) was a Fulton-class submarine tender built during World War II.  Like most tenders, it had the same type of propulsion system as the ships/boats it was designed to tend and maintain - in this case, 12 diesel engines and electric motors driving two shafts.  It was decommissioned after the war in 1947, but then converted to a ballistic missile submarine tender and recommissioned in 1960.  The conversion involved inserting a 44-foot long hull section midships, along with a gantry crane for moving the missiles between the ship and submarines alongside.  It served in this role until 1992.

The Proteus in 1980.  USN Photograph, Camera Operator: PH2 Kline

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