Repair Ships (AR, ARB, ARC, ARG, ARH, ARL, ARV)

Most recent update: March 30, 2015.


Many auxiliaries were created by converting existing ships; others were built new but starting with an existing design; the balance were both designed and built for their purpose.  In this table, the grey cells identify the second and third categories - the ships that were purpose-built.  There are some gaps in the data, particularly for the conversions: if anyone has any corrections or additions to offer, please send them to me at timcolton@aol.com

Type # Original Name Built by Hull # Ship Type or US Govt. Design US Govt. # Built Converted by Name After Conversion LDT LOA Delivered as an AR Disposition
Repair Ships (AR)
AR 1 Medusa Puget Sound NSY             10,600 484 18-Sep-24 Scrapped 1950
AR 2 Breslau Bremer Vulkan (Ger.)   Cargo Liner   1901   Bridgeport 7,175 447 9-Jun-17 AD 10 1920-24, scrapped 1948
AR 3 Prometheus Mare Island NSY   Coaler AC 2 1910   Prometheus 9,000 466 23-Dec-14 AC 2 1910-14, scrapped 1950
AR 4 Vestal New York NSY   Coaler AC 1 1909   Vestal 9,000 466 3-Sep-13 AC 1 1909-13, scrapped 1950
AR 5 Vulcan New York Ship 422           9,430 529 14-Jun-41 Scrapped 2006
AR 6 Ajax Todd LA 58           9,430 529 30-Oct-43 Scrapped 1997
AR 7 Hector Todd LA 59           9,430 529 7-Feb-44 Scrapped 1994
AR 8 Jason Todd LA 60 Heavy Hull AR ARH 1 1944   Jason 9,430 529 9-Sep-57 ARH 1 1944-57, scrapped 2007
AR 9 Hawaiian Packer Newport News SB 388 C3 Mod.   1941 Cramp Sbldg. Delta 9,000 490 3-Mar-43 AK 29 1941-43, scrapped 1984
AR 10 Dixie Federal Kearny 89 Cargo Liner   1928   Alcor   445 22-Dec-41 AD 34 1944, scrapped 1950
AR 11 Edgecombe Skinner & Eddy 41 Cargo Liner   1919   Rigel 6,250 424 10-Apr-41 AD 13 1922, scrapped 1946
AR 12 Hawaiian Planter Newport News SB 387 C3 Mod.   1941 Beth Brooklyn Briareus 9,000 490 15-Nov-43 Scrapped 1980
AR 13 Amphion Tampa SB 146 C3 Mod.         6,265 492 30-Jan-46 To Iran 1977 as Chah Bahar (A 441), sank
AR 14 Cadmus Tampa SB 147 C3 Mod.         6,265 492 23-Apr-46 To Taiwan 1974 as Yu Tai (AR 521), scrapped 1995
AR 15 Deucalion Tampa SB 148 C3 Mod.         6,265 492   Cancelled
AR 16 Mars Tampa SB 149 C3 Mod.         6,265 492   Cancelled
AR 17 HMS Assistance Beth Fairfield 2381 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2649       5,800 440 28-Aug-44 Returned 1946, scrapped 1974
AR 18 HMS Diligence Beth Fairfield 2390 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2658       5,800 440 16-Aug-44 Returned 1946, scrapped 1973
AR 19 HMS Hecla/Xanthus Beth Fairfield 2396 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2664       5,800 440 16-Aug-44 Intended for Britain but retained, scrapped 1974
AR 20 HMS Dutiful/Laertes Beth Fairfield 2406 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2674       5,800 440 28-Sep-44 Intended for Britain but retained, scrapped 1972
AR 21 HMS Faithful/Dionysus Beth Fairfield 2413 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2681       5,800 440 25-Oct-44 Intended for Britain but retained, reefed off NC 1978
AR 22 Klondike Todd LA 64 C3   1945     8,165 492 20-Feb-60 AD 22 1945-60, scrapped 1977
AR 23 Mormacpenn Ingalls Pascagoula 256 C3 MC 66 1942 in Mobile AL Markab 8,560 492 15-Apr-60 AD 21 1942-60, scrapped 1977
AR 28 Grand Canyon Todd Tacoma 72 C3 MC 206 1945     8,165 492 11-Mar-71 AD 28 1945-71, scrapped 1980
Battle Damage Repair Ships (ARB)
ARB 1 LST 329 Philadelphia NSY   Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Philadelphia NSY Aristaeus 1,781 328 18-May-43 Laid up 1947, scrapped 1961
ARB 2 LST 328 Philadelphia NSY   Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Philadelphia NSY Oceanus 1,781 328 22-May-43 Laid up 1947, scrapped 1961
ARB 3 LST 15 Dravo Pittsburgh   Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Tampa SB Phaon 1,781 328 5-Aug-43 Laid up 1947, scrapped 1962
ARB 4 LST 132 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Maryland DD Zeus 1,781 328 11-Apr-44 Laid up 1947, sold 1974 as Cape St. Elias, Coastal Star 1988, SNOPAC Innovator 2007, active
ARB 5 LST 514 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Maryland DD Midas 1,781 328 23-May-44 Laid up 1947, scrapped 1980
ARB 6 LST 518 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Maryland DD Nestor 1,781 328 24-Jun-44 Wrecked off Okinawa in a typhoon 29-Nov-45, scrapped 1947
ARB 7 LST 956 Beth Hingham 3426 Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Maryland DD Sarpedon 1,781 328 10-Mar-45 Laid up 1947, sold 1977 as Petrola 133, scrapped 1989
ARB 8 LST 976 Beth Hingham 3446 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Maryland DD Telamon 1,781 328 1-Jun-45 Laid up 1947, scrapped 1974
ARB 9 LST 967 Beth Hingham 3437 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Maryland DD Ulysses 1,781 328 20-Apr-45 Laid up 1947, to Germany 1960 as Wotan (A 513)
ARB 10 LST 1121 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Maryland DD Demeter 1,781 328 3-Jul-45 Laid up 1947, sold 1958, resold 1961 as Motonave, sank 1964
ARB 11 LST 1119 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Maryland DD Diomedes 1,781 328 23-Jun-45 Laid up 1947, to Germany 1960 as Odin (A 512)
ARB 12 LST 1127 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Maryland DD Helios 1,781 328 23-Jul-45 Laid up 1947, to Brazil 1962 as Belmonte (G 24), sunk as target 2002
ARB 13 LST 50 Dravo Pittsburgh   Landing Ship, Tank   1943     1,625 328 14-Nov-52 To Norway 1952 as Ellida (A 534), to Greece 1960 as Sakipis (A 329)
Cable Repair Ships (ARC)
ARC 1 LSM 275 Federal Newark 545 Landing Ship, Med.   1944 Mare Island NSY Portunus 520 203 2-Jul-52 To Portugal 1959 as Medusa (A5214), scrapped 1976
ARC 2 William H. G. Bullard Pusey & Jones 1108 S3-S2-BP1 MC 2557 1946 Beth Key Highway Neptune 4,410 362 1-Jun-53 Laid up 1991, scrapped 2005
ARC 3 Turandot (AKA 47) Walsh-Kaiser 1908 S4-SE2-BE1 MC 1908 1945   Aeolus 4,087 426 14-Mar-55 Laid up 1985, reefed off North Carolina 1988
ARC 4 Vanadis (AKA 49) Walsh-Kaiser 1910 S4-SE2-BE1 MC 1910 1945   Thor 4,087 426 3-Jan-56 Laid up 1974, scrapped 1977
ARC 5 Trapper (ACM 9) Marietta Mfg. 480 Mine Planter   1945   Yamacrow 1,300 188 30-Apr-59 To USCG 1946 as Yamacraw (WARC 333), to USN 1959, struck 1965
ARC 6 Albert J. Meyer Pusey & Jones 1109 S3-S2-BP1 MC 2668 1945     4,410 362 13-Jun-66 To USA 1952, to USN 1966, laid up 1995, scrapped 2005
ARC 7 Zeus NASSCO 410           9,110 513 19-Mar-84 Active
Machinery Repair Ships (ARG)
ARG 1 Massachusetts Cramp Shipbuilding 342 Psgr./Cargo   1907   Oglala 3,750 385 21-May-43 To USN 1918 as Shawmut (CM 4), Oglala 1928, sunk at PH 1941 but refloated, ARG 1943, scrapped 1947
ARG 2 Samuel Bowles Beth Fairfield 2131 EC2-S-C1 MCE 981 1943 Maryland DD Luzon 5,800 440 12-Oct-43 Scrapped 1974
ARG 3 Elbert Hubbard Beth Fairfield 2133 EC2-S-C1 MCE 983 1943 Maryland DD Mindanao 5,800 440 6-Nov-43 Reefed off Daytona Beach FL 1980
ARG 4 Arthur P. Gorman Beth Fairfield 2227 EC2-S-C1 MCE 1779 1943 Maryland DD Tutuila 5,800 440 8-Apr-44 To Taiwan 1972 as Pien Tai (ARG 516)
ARG 5 Caleb C. Wheeler Beth Fairfield 2230 EC2-S-C1 MCE 1782 1943 Maryland DD Oahu 5,800 440 4-Apr-44 Scrapped 1979
ARG 6 Francis P. Duffey Beth Fairfield 2253 EC2-S-C1 MCE 1805 1943 Maryland DD Cebu 5,800 440 15-Apr-44 Scrapped 1973
ARG 7 John F. Goucher Beth Fairfield 2278 EC2-S-C1 MCE 1830 1943 Maryland DD Culebra Island 5,800 440 19-May-44 Scrapped 1974
ARG 8 Leyte Beth Fairfield 2327 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2595 1944 Maryland DD Maui 5,800 440 17-Aug-44 Scrapped 1972
ARG 9 Mona Island Beth Fairfield 2366 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2634 1944 Maryland DD   5,800 440 17-Oct-44 Reefed off Wachapreague VA 1975
ARG 10 Palawan Beth Fairfield 2400 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2668 1944 Beth Key Highway   5,800 440 3-May-45 Reefed off Redondo Beach CA 1977
ARG 11 Samar Beth Fairfield 2415 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2683 1944 Beth Key Highway   5,800 440 5-Jun-45 Scrapped 1974
ARG 12                       Redesignated AG 68
ARG 13                       Redesignated AG 69
ARG 14                       Redesignated ARV 1
ARG 15                       Redesignated ARV 2
ARG 16 Deal Island Beth Fairfield 2412 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2680 1944 Beth Key Highway Kermit Roosevelt 5,800 440 31-May-45 Scrapped 1960
ARG 17 Bert McDowell Beth Fairfield 2414 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2682 1944 Beth Key Highway Hooper Island 5,800 440 13-Jul-45 Scrapped 1970
ARG 18 Holland Puget Sound NSY             8,100 513 30-Aug-45 AS 3 1926-45, scrapped 1953
ARG 19 Beaver Newport News SB 126 Passenger   1910 Mare Island NSY Beaver 4,737 380 25-Jun-45 AS 5 1918-45, scrapped 1952
ARG 20 Fred Morris Federal Kearny 175 C1-B MC 70 1940 Federal Kearny Otus 9,225 418 25-Jun-45 AS 20 1941-45, scrapped 1970
Heavy-Hull Repair Ships (ARH)
ARH 1 Jason Todd LA 60           9,430 529 19-Jun-44 AR 8 1957, scrapped 2007
Landing Craft Repair Ships (ARL)
ARL 1 LST 10 Dravo Pittsburgh   Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Beth Key Highway Achelous 1,781 328 2-Apr-43 Scrapped 1973
ARL 2 LST 489 Kaiser Richmond 44 Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Matson Nav. Amycus 1,781 328 30-Jul-43 Sold 1970 and converted to barge
ARL 3 LST 490 Kaiser Richmond 45 Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Matson Nav. Agenor 1,781 328 20-Aug-43 To France 1951 as Vulcain, to Taiwan 1957 as Shung Shan (ARL 336), to Japan 1974 as Wu Tai (AP 520)
ARL 4 LST 83 JeffBoat   Landing Ship, Tank   1943 Beth Key Highway Adonis 1,781 328 12-Nov-43 Scrapped 1961
ARL 5 LST 81 JeffBoat   Landing Ship, Tank   1943     1,781 328 29-Jul-43 To Britain as LSE-1, to Argentina 1947 as Ingeniero Hodesh (Q-21), disposed of 1967
ARL 6 LST 82 JeffBoat   Landing Ship, Tank   1943     1,781 328 2-Aug-43 To Britain as LSE-2, to Argentina 1947 as Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22), sold 1968 as Tierra del Fuego
ARL 7 LST 231 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Beth Key Highway Atlas 1,781 328 8-Feb-44 Scrapped 1972
ARL 8 LST 136 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Beth Key Highway Egeria 1,781 328 30-Mar-44 Scrapped 1980
ARL 9 LST 513 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Beth Key Highway Endymion 1,781 328 9-May-44 Scrapped 1973
ARL 10 LST 1003 Boston NSY   Landing Ship, Tank   1944 Beth Key Highway Coronis 1,781 328 28-Nov-44 Scrapped 1962
ARL 11 LST 1036 Boston NSY   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Creon 1,781 328 27-Jan-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 12 LST 1037 Boston NSY   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Poseidon 1,781 328 13-Feb-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 13 LST 971 Beth Hingham 3441 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Menelaus 1,781 328 29-May-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 14 LST 644 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Gibbs Gas Engine Minos 1,781 328 26-Sep-44 Scrapped 1961
ARL 15 LST 645 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Alabama DD Minotaur 1,781 328 26-Feb-45 To Korea 1955 as Duk Soo (ARL 1)
ARL 16 LST 948 Beth Hingham 3418 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Merrill-Stevens Myrmidon 1,781 328 9-Mar-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 17 LST 954 Beth Hingham 3424 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Numitor 1,781 328 3-Apr-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 18 LST 650 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Todd New Orleans Pandemus 1,781 328 23-Feb-45 Sunk as target 1969
ARL 19 LST 955 Beth Hingham 3425 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Patroclus 1,781 328 17-Apr-45 To Turkey 1952 as Basaran (A 582)
ARL 20 LST 1115 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Pentheus 1,781 328 7-Jun-45 Scrapped 1960
ARL 21 LST 1116 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Gibbs Gas Engine Proserpine 1,781 328 31-May-45 Scrapped 1960
ARL 22 LST 962 Beth Hingham 3432 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Gibbs Gas Engine Romulus 1,781 328 10-May-45 To the Philippines 1961 as Aklan (AR 67)
ARL 23 LST 852 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Merrill-Stevens Satyr 1,781 328 28-Apr-45 To Vietnam 1971 as Vinh Long (HQ-802), to the Philippines 1975 as Yakal (AR 617)
ARL 24 LST 963 Beth Hingham 3433 Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Merrill-Stevens Spinx 1,781 328 10-May-45 Struck 1989, to Dunkirk NY 2002 as museum, scrapped 2007
ARL 25                       Number not used
ARL 26 LST 858 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Alabama DD Stentor 1,781 328 28-Apr-45 Scrapped 1960
ARL 27 LST 1117 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Gibbs Gas Engine Tantalus 1,781 328 5-Jun-45 Scrapped 1947
ARL 28 LST 1118 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Typhon 1,781 328 18-Jun-45 Scrapped 1960
ARL 29 LST 1124 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Amphitrite 1,781 328 28-Jun-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 30 LST 1131 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Merrill-Stevens Askari 1,781 328 23-Jul-45 To Indonesia 1971 as Ridjaja Widjaja
ARL 31 LST 1132 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Alabama DD Bellerophon 1,781 328 21-Jul-45 Scrapped 1977
ARL 32 LST 1136 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Bellona 1,781 328 26-Jul-45 Scrapped 1945
ARL 33 LST 1137 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Chimaera 1,781 328 7-Aug-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 34                       Number not used
ARL 35 LST 1143 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Alabama DD Daedalus 1,781 328 19-Oct-45 Scrapped 1960
ARL 36 LST 1145 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Gordius 1,781 328 14-Sep-45 Scrapped 1961
ARL 37 LST 1147 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Indra 1,781 328 2-Oct-45 Scrapped 1977
ARL 38 LST 1149 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Krishna 1,781 328 3-Dec-45 To the Philippines 1971 as Narra (AR 38)
ARL 39 LST 1151 Chicago Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank   1945 Beth Key Highway Quirinus 1,781 328 6-Nov-45 To Venezuela 1962 as Guayana (T 18)
ARL 40 LST 453 Kaiser Vancouver 157 Landing Ship, Tank   1944 in Brisbane (Australia) Remus 1,781 328 15-Aug-44 Scrapped 1947
ARL 41 LST 455 Kaiser Vancouver 159 Landing Ship, Tank   1944 in Brisbane (Australia) Achilles 1,781 328 21-Aug-44 To China 1947 as Hsing An (ARL 335), to PRC 1949 as Taku San
ARL 42 LST 310 Boston NSY   Landing Ship, Tank     Boston NSY Aeolus 1,781 328   Cancelled
ARL 43 LST 316 New York NSY   Landing Ship, Tank     New York NSY Cerberus 1,781 328   Cancelled
ARL 44 LST 317 New York NSY   Landing Ship, Tank     New York NSY Conus 1,781 328   Cancelled
ARL 45 LST 332 Philadelphia NSY   Landing Ship, Tank     New York NSY Feronia 1,781 328   Cancelled
ARL 46 LST 350 Norfolk NSY   Landing Ship, Tank     Norfolk NSY Chandra 1,781 328   Cancelled
ARL 47 LST 374 Beth Quincy 1535 Landing Ship, Tank     Maryland DD Minerva 1,781 328   Cancelled
Aircraft Repair Ships (ARV)
ARV 1 ARG 14/Chourre Beth Fairfield 2369 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2637       5,800 440 7-Dec-44 Scrapped 1971
ARV 2 ARG 15/Webster Beth Fairfield 2398 EC2-S-C1 MCE 2666       5,800 440 15-May-45 Reefed off Cape Henry 1977
ARVE 3 LST 1092/Aventinus American Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank         1,781 328 30-May-45 To Chile 1963 as Aguila (ARVE 135), scuttled 1980
ARVE 4 LST 1094/Chloris American Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank         1,781 328 19-Jun-45 Sold 1977 as Avlon
ARVA 5 LST 1093/Fabius American Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank         1,781 328 7-Jun-45 Scrapped 1974
ARVA 6 LST 1095/Megara American Bridge   Landing Ship, Tank         1,781 328 27-Jun-45 To Mexico 1973 as Rio Grijalva (A-03)