USS ARL-5

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History
United States
Name: USS ARL-5
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 8 March 1943, as LST-81
Launched: 28 May 1943
Commissioned: 21 July 1943
Decommissioned: 19 July 1943
Reclassified: ARL-5, 20 July 1943
Struck: 29 October 1946
Fate:
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy, 29 July 1943
  • Sold to Argentina, 20 August 1947
History
United Kingdom
Name: HMS LSE-1
Acquired: 29 July 1943
Fate: Returned to the US Navy, 21 May 1946
History
Argentina
Name:
  • ARA Ingeniero Hodesh
  • ARA Ingeniero Iribas
Acquired: 20 August 1947
Fate: Sold 1967
General characteristics
Class and type: Achelous class landing craft repair ship
Displacement:
  • 2,220 long tons (2,256 t) light
  • 4,200 long tons (4,267 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Complement: 255 officers and enlisted men
Armament:
  • 2 × quad 40 mm w/Mk-51 directors
  • 2 × twin 40 mm w/Mk-51 directors
  • 6 × twin 20 mm

USS ARL-5 was one of 39 Achelous-class landing craft repair ships built for the United States Navy during World War II.

Originally laid down as LST-81 on 8 March 1943 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company; launched on 28 May 1943; sponsored by Miss Bettie Meador; and commissioned on 21 July 1943. She was decommissioned on 19 July 1943 and redesignated ARL-5 on 20 July 1943.

On 29 July 1943 she was transferred to the United Kingdom and served the Royal Navy as HM LSE-1 until 21 May 1946 when she was returned to the United States. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 29 October 1946.

On 20 August 1947 LST-81 was sold to Argentina and served that government as ARA Ingeniero Hodesh (Q-21), then renamed ARA Ingeniero Iribas (Q-21). She was sold by the Argentine Navy in 1967.

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