USS Laysan Island (ARST-1)

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Name: USS Laysan Island
Namesake: Laysan Island
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 6 December 1944
Launched: 27 January 1945
Commissioned: 5 June 1945
Decommissioned: 21 April 1947
Renamed: Laysan Island, 23 December 1944
Reclassified: ARST-1, 8 December 1944
Struck: 1 June 1973
Fate: Sold for scrap 1 January 1994
General characteristics
Type: Laysan Island-class salvage craft tender
Displacement: 3,800 long tons (3,861 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)

two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines single Falk Main Reduction Gears four Diesel-drive 100 kW 120 V/240 V DC twin rudders

twin propellers, 1,800 shp
Speed: 11.6 knots (21.5 km/h; 13.3 mph)
Complement: 269

USS Laysan Island (ARST-1) was a Laysan Island class salvage craft tender of the United States Navy. She was converted from a Landing Ship, Tank in December 1944 and conducted salvarge operations in Manila Bay. Laysan Island was decommissioned in 1947 and mothballed, struck 1973 and sold for scrap in 1994.

Service History[edit]

She was laid down on 6 December 1944 as LST-1098[1] at the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She was named Laysan Island on 23 December 1944 and commissioned on 5 June 1945 with Lieutenant Philip J. Bergeux in command.

After a monthlong shakedown in the Gulf of Mexico, she departed Galveston on 17 July for the Pacific. Laysan Island transited the Panama Canal on 25 July and arrived in Manila Bay on 6 September 1945. For the next sven months, she operated out of Manila Bay. assisting in salvage operations there.

Laysan Island offloaded salvage equipment at Calicoan Island in early April 1946, then steamed to Seattle on 29 May. She remained there until 8 October and departed for San Pedro on 8 October. Serving at San Pedro until 18 April 1947, she was towed to San Diego and decommissioned on 21 April 1947. She was laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, struck 1 June 1973 and sold for scrapping twenty years later by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office.[2]


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  1. ^ Jane, Frederick Thomas (1968). Jane's Fighting Ships. Sampson Low, Marston and Company. p. 446.
  2. ^ "NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - USS Laysan Island (ARST-1)".