Allied Warships

USS Antaeus (AS 21)

Submarine tender

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine tender
Class[No specific class] 
PennantAS 21 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 
Launched9 Jan 1932 
Commissioned17 May 1941 
End service29 Apr 1946 

Displacement: 8350 BRT
Length: 403 feet
Complement: 440
Armament: 1 4" gun, 2 3" AA guns (2x1), 4 20mm AA
Speed: 20 kts
Power: 13000 HP
Engine: Geared turbines, 2 shafts

Former passenger liner Saint John
acquired by the USN on 24 April 1941 and converted to a submarine tender
Commissioned as USS Antaeus (AS-21) on 17 May 1941
Converted to a miscellaneous auxiliary and reclassified as AG-67 on 15 September 1943
Converted to a hospital ship and renamed and reclassified USS Rescue (AH-18) on 18 January 1945
Decommissioned on 29 April 1946
Stricken on 15 August 1946
Sold into commercial service
Scrapped in 1959


Commands listed for USS Antaeus (AS 21)

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1Cdr. Richard Swift Morse, USN17 May 194115 Jun 1943 (1)
2Cdr. Edmond Pryor Speight, USN15 Jun 1943Oct 1944
3Robert Barber Twining, USNOct 19448 Sep 1945

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