Beyond the usual carriers, submarines, cruisers, and destroyers, the U.S. Navy has deployed over the years a vast flotilla of vessels to serve in specialized roles and unusual missions. These uncommon warriors, called auxiliary (AG) and miscellaneous (IX) vessels, are the subject of this study. It provides individual histories, specifications, and illustrations of more than forty vessels and concise directory listings for another four hundred vessels. Some began their careers as powerful warships with impressive pedigrees and achievements. The book examines all of the nearly 500 of the Navy's unique miscellaneous auxiliary (AG) and unclassified miscellaneous (IX) vessels. It provides individual histories, specifications and illustrations for more than 40 of these ships in 32 chapters, as well as concise directory listings for another 400 vessels. The main text is supplemented with a glossary of terms and abbreviations, bibliography and three apprendices, and is further reinforced with a useful detailed index.
The focus of the book is on a heterogeneous and little-known grouping of Navy ships that includes both celebrated men-of-war (past their prime) and hundreds of very diverse ships with fascinating stories, missions, achievements and roles.
Conclusion: The AG and IX "fleet" constitutes the most novel, unique and uncommon aggregation of naval vessels in more than two centuries of American history.