Year Built
Official Number
AS 17
Ship Yard
Mare Island Naval Yard
General Type
Specific Type
Navy Repair
Ship Length
530.5 feet
73.30 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
Gross Tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
Draft, Lightweight
Displacement, Summer
17020 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
9813 tons
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight

Historical Narrative

USS Nereus was the fifth and last Fulton-class submarine tender.  It was constructed by the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, and commissioned shortly after the end of World War II. 

Nereus was deployed soon thereafter to Japan, where it handled the stripping and disposal (deep-sinking) of 39 Japanese submarines.  After this operation concluded, Nereus returned to San Diego, where it was based throughout its active career.  

In 1948, the vessel served as the camera ship for the sinking (as a target ship) of the USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) off the California coast.  Over the next two decades, Nereus was mainly employed in servicing and repairing submarines from its home base of San Diego. 

In May 1955 the vessel participated in the first testing of submarine-launched Regulus missiles off Pearl Harbor.  Nereus served as one of the range safety and tracking vessels for those tests.  In 1964, Nereus began servicing submarines armed with Polaris ballistic missiles.  The vessel underwent an extensive overhaul in 1967 and returned to its duties in the Pacific. 

Nereus was decommissioned in 1971, and placed in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on April 26, 1993.  MARAD took title of the vessel, for disposal, on May 7, 1993.  It was withdrawn from Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on July 17, 2012 upon its sale for dismantlement.

USS Nereus’ namesake is a Greek mythological god of the sea who was the eldest son of Pontus and Gaea and the father of 50 mermaids, the Nereids.  Nereus is often represented as a kind and wise old man.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for USS Nereus.

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Event: Entry
Date: 4/26/1993

Event: Acquisition
Date: 5/7/1993

Title transferred from US Navy to MARAD
Event: NHPA Cleared for Disposal
Date: 2/23/2007

Vessel cleared NHPA processing on February 23rd.
Event: Withdrawal
Date: 7/17/2012

Withdrawn under domestic scrap sale.

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