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List of salvage ships of the United States Navy[edit]

United States Navy salvage ships (hull classification symbol ARS)[1] are tasked with coming to the aid of stricken vessels. Their general mission capabilities include combat salvage, lifting, towing, retraction of grounded vessels, off-ship firefighting, and manned diving operations.[2][3][4][5]

Lapwing class minesweeper conversions[edit]

The earliest designated US Navy salvage ships (ARS) were converted Lapwing class minesweepers. Ships of this type were operated by the United States Navy as salvage ships from June 1941 until Viking was decommissioned and scrapped in 1953.

Anchor class[edit]

The United States Navy operated Anchor class salvage ships (ARS) from October 1943 until March 1946.

Diver class[edit]

The United States Navy operated Diver class salvage ships (ARS) from October 1943 until the last example was decommissioned in July 1979.

Weight class[edit]

The United States Navy operated Weight class salvage ships (ARS) from August 1943 until the last example was decommissioned in June 1946. The Weight class ships were originally intended for delivery to the Royal Navy under different names, as part of the the Lend-lease program. However, they were instead delivered to and operated by the United States Navy

Bolster class[edit]

Bolster class salvage ships (ARS) were operated by the United States Navy from July 1944 until the last example was decommissioned in September 1994.

Safeguard class[edit]

Safeguard class salvage ships (T-ARS) are operated by Military Sealift Command in support of United States Navy operations. They were operated by the United States Navy as commissioned auxiliaries from November 1982 until the last example Safeguard was decommissioned in September 2007.[7]

Miscellaneous converted civilian vessels[edit]

Several ships were converted and redesignated as Salvage ships (ARS) during World War II.

References[edit]

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