What type of naval ship is this? Note gun batteries on stern, Unknown location and date.Black and white image of a ship. Photo is taken from the waterline.

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  • Judging from the other ship in the photo, must be at least 1950. Commented Mar 19 at 17:40

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After some looking at Armed Merchant Cruisers, I believe instead that this is USS Vulcan (AR-5), a Vulcan-class repair ship. A better picture can be found at Navsource.org showing the rear gun turrets much better.

The picture from Navsource shows:

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where you can clearly see the rear turrets, and the cranes astride the rear funnel.

Vulcan was in service from 1941 to 1992.

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