U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessel Ship Types, 1946-1979


Link to quick links to all ship types in alphabetical order.



Amphibious Assault Ships (Auxiliary Types)

Tenders and Repair Ships

Cargo Ships

Transports

Tankers

Tugs and Salvage Ships

Special Function Auxiliaries

Minelayers

Post-1979 Combat Logistics Ships (AKE, AO, AOE)


Resources:

U.S. Navy Ship Design Project Numbers, 1946-1979

U. S. Navy Auxiliary Vessel Ship Types and Classes, 1980-2022


Notes for this supplement

Notes on Sources



Amphibious Assault Ships (Auxiliary Types)


Links to Data Pages
AGC: Amphibious Force Flagships (to LCC 1968)
AKA: Attack Cargo Ships (to LKA 1968)
APA: Attack Transports (to LPA 1968)
#s Assigned
19-20
112-117
248-249
Years Assigned
1964-1966
1956-1966
1956-1959

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Tenders and Repair Ships


Links to Data Pages
AD: Destroyer Tenders
AGP: Patrol Craft Tenders
AR: Repair Ships (see AD-22, AD-21, AD-28)
ARB: Battle Damage Repair Ships
ARVH: Aircraft Repair Ship (Helicopter) (see AV-5)
AS: Submarine Tenders
AV: Seaplane Tenders
AVB: Advance Aviation Base Ships
#s Assigned
37-44
As LST
22-23, 28
13
1
31-41
21
1-2
Years Assigned
1963-1979
1970-1972
1960-1971
1952
1965
1959-1977
1959
1957-1961

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Cargo Ships



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Transports


Links to Data Pages
AP: Transports
APB: Self-Propelled Barracks Ships
APC: Small Coastal Transports
APL: Barracks Ships (later Craft) (Non-Self Propelled)
#s Assigned
178-202
51
116-119
59
Years Assigned
1950-1952
1951
1950
1954

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Tankers


Links to Data Pages
AO: Oilers
--
AOT ex T-AO: Transport oilers
--
AOE: Fast Combat Support Ships
AOG: Gasoline Tankers
AOR: Replenishment Oilers
#s Assigned
110, 143-148,
177-180, 186
111-142, 149-176,
181-185
1-5
76-82
1-7
Years Assigned
1946-1978
--
1947-1976
--
1960-1967
1948-1955
1965-1972

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Tugs and Salvage Ships


Links to Data Pages
ARS: Salvage Ships (1981-83)
ASR: Submarine Rescue Vessels (later Ships)
ATA: Auxiliary Ocean Tugs
ATF: Fleet Ocean Tugs
ATS: Salvage and Rescue Ships
#s Assigned
50-53
21-22
239-245
166-172
1-5
Years Assigned
1981-1983
1967
1950-1958
1975-1978
1966-1972

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Special Function Auxiliaries


Links to Data Pages
ADG: Degaussing Vessels (later Ships) (from YDG 1955)
AG: Miscellaneous Auxiliaries
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AGB: Ice Breakers (AG until 1949)
AGDS: Auxiliary Deep Submergence Support Ships
AGER: Environmental Research Ships
AGF: Miscellaneous Command Ships
AGM: Missile Range Instrumentation Ships
AGOR: Oceanographic Research Ships
AGR: Radar Picket Ships (ex YAGR)
AGS: Surveying Ships
AGSC: Coastal Surveying Ships
AGTR: Technical Research Ships
AN: Net Laying Ships
ARC: Cable Repairing Ships
AVM: Guided Missile Ship (see AV-11)
IX: Unclassified Miscellaneous
--
YAG: Miscellaneous Auxiliaries (Service Craft)
YAGR: Ocean Radar Station Ships (to AGR 1958)
#s Assigned
383
128-193,
520-521
3-6
1-2
1-3
1, 3
1-22
1-22
1-16
15-38, 50
15
1-5
93-104
1-7
1
234-35, 300-11, 501-09
35-62, 87
1-16
Years Assigned
1957
1946-1976
--
1950-1952
1973-1974
1967
1965-1972
1960-1971
1958-1972
1958
1946-1977
1959
1960-1963
1951-1959
1950-1979
1951
1947-1979
--
1947-1982
1954-1958

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Minelayers


Links to Data Pages
ACM: Auxiliary Mine Layers (to MMA Feb 1955)
MM: Minelayers, Fleet (from CM Feb 1955, to MMF Oct 1955,
    see CM-5)
MMA: Minelayers, Auxiliary (from ACM Feb 1955)
MMC: Minelayers, Coastal (offshore and conversions)
MMF: Minelayers, Fleet (from MM Oct 1955)
#s Assigned
11-16
5


1-16

Years Assigned
1949-1951
1955


1958-1961


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Post-1979 Combat Logistics Ships (AKE, AO, AOE)



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Notes for this supplement


Pages for the post-1979 ships of two legacy types (AO and AOE) as well as the ships of the later AKE type (which replaced the legacy AFS and AE types) are provided to complete the record on the "combat logistics ships" (AKE, AO, and AOE) that today support the fleet through underway replenishment. Pages for the final (1981-82) ships of two other legacy types (ARS, and YAG) are also provided. This list does not include auxiliary types that consisted entirely of conversions from major combatants (AVT, AGMR, and some submarine types) or of experimental combatants (AGER/AGDE/AGFF and AGEH). For these and for individual conversions of major combatants listed on the type pages see Bauer and Roberts, Register of Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1775-1990, Major Combatants. This list also does not include types or ships for which no hull numbers were assigned. It does include conversions from minor combatants (patrol, mine, and landing craft) and service craft to all auxiliary types except IX since no volume of the Register exists covering these.

Armaments are as actually installed, not as authorized (some authorized guns were not mounted). All guns are in single mountings unless marked "T" (twin) or "Q" (quadruple), although a "S" (single) is sometimes optionally added for clarity. Note that for multiple mounts (T, Q) the quantity shown refers to mounts, not to guns. 8-20mmT thus indicates 16-20mm barrels on 8 twin mounts, 4-40mmQ indicates 16-40mm barrels on 4 quadruple mounts.

Abbreviations for fates include BU (broken up), Canc (cancelled), Dest (destroyed), MA (To MA, purpose unspecified), MA/D (To MA for disposal, usually sale), MA/R (To MA for NDRF reserve), MA/S (To MA for sale, usually at or near time of sale), MA/T (Permanent title transfer to MA from custody status for reserve or sale), RTO (returned to owner), Scrp (scrap), Susp (suspended), Tgt (target), Trf (transferred).

Notes on sources


The starting point for this supplement was the collection of sources cited for the 1835-1945 section. However a lot of these do not cover the period after 1945, so many other sources were also consulted. The most detailed of these were from the postwar portion of Record Group 19 at NARA, which was just beginning to be organized when consulted in 2003, but material from the Naval Historical Center (now NHHC) and the records from MARAD cited in the 1835-1945 section (notably the Vessel Status Cards and sale records) also made major contributions. These source notes remain under construction.

NARA:
RG19 Entry 1021-MI(UD)
RG19 Entry 1022-N(UD) (Accession 64A3127)
RG19 Entry 1022-N(UD) DX1 (Accession 69A1293)
RG19 Entry 1022-R(UD) (Accession 66A4106)
RG19 Entry 1022-T(UD)
RG19 Entry 1022-T1(UD) (Accession 66A5033)
RG19 Entry 1022-V(UD) (Accession 68A2921)
RG19 Entry 1024(UD) AD (Accession 65A5233)
RG19 Entry 1024(UD) AQ1-A1/3 (Accession 68A927)
RG19 Entry 1024-H(UD) (Accession 59A0284) [YAG 37]
RG19 Entry 1024-M(UD) S1
RG19: other citations on pages for AF 48, AKA 112, AKS32, AO/AOR 110, and AV21.
RG428 FS/A1-1 (AKS32, AO/AOT 149)
Other: NHHC: Ship source files (Ships Histories), movements microfiche (Operational Archives), CUP UA-437 (Photo Section), CNO 00 file, 1951-66 (Operational Archives). The main source of the photographs was the NHHC Photo Section (many not individually cataloged at NHHC but all sourced to the extent possible here).
Naval Vessel Register (NVR), online.

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