Allied Warships

USS Sperry (AS 12)

Submarine tender of the Fulton class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine tender
PennantAS 12 
Built byMare Island Navy Yard (Vallejo, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1940 
Laid down1 Feb 1941 
Launched17 Dec 1941 
Commissioned1 May 1942 
End service30 Sep 1982 

Decommissioned and stricken on 30 September 1982


Commands listed for USS Sperry (AS 12)

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1Robert Holmes Smith, USN1 May 19425 Jan 1943
2T/Capt. Robert Eugene Blue, USN5 Jan 19434 Apr 1944
3T/Capt. Joseph Phillip Thew, USN4 Apr 194425 May 1945
4T/Cdr. Robert Joynson Ramsbotham, USN25 May 1945Jul 1947

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Notable events involving Sperry include:

3 Jul 1943
USS Sailfish (T/Cdr. J.R. Moore, USN) ended her 8th war patrol at Midway. She was then taken in hand for a tender refit by USS Sperry (T/Capt. R.E. Blue, USN). Refit was completed at on 14 July 1943. A four day training period was conducted before she was ready to proceed on her following patrol. Following these exercises there was a two day delay in her being ready for patrol due to defects that had developed. (1)

16 Sep 1943
USS Sailfish (T/Cdr. W.R. Lefavour, USN) arrived at Midway. After disembarking 18 torpedoes to USS Sperry (T/Capt. R.E. Blue, USN) she departed for Pearl Harbour later the same day. (2)


  1. Patrol report of USS Sailfish for her 8th war patrol + Patrol report of USS Sailfish for her 9th war patrol
  2. Patrol report of USS Sailfish for her 9th war patrol

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