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HMS Assistance (F-173)
Assistance (BAR-17) was transferred under terms of the Lend-lease Act to the Royal Navy upon completion and commissioned HMS Assistance (F-173)
Laid down, 19 May 1944, as Assistance (BAR-17) a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2649) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 20 June 1944
Delivered incomplete to the US Navy, 28 August 1944
Fitted out as a repair ship and turned over to the government of the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-lease Act, 20 January 1945, BAR-17 never saw active service with the US Navy
Commissioned as the Repair Ship HMS Assistance (F-173), 20 January 1945
Returned to US Navy custody in 1946
Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Fort Eustis , VA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1974
Displacement 5,801 t.(lt) 10,920 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Speed 12.5 kts.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
three 3"/50 guns dual purpose gun mounts
four 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
one Worthington Pump & Machinery Corp, Harrison, N.J. triple expansion engine
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Assistance (BAR-17) after launching at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD., 20 June 1944
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||HMS Assistance (F-173) at anchor in Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, MD., 3 February 1945.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-79228, RG-18-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||HMS Assistance (F-173) at anchor in Plymouth Sound, date unknown.
||Courtesy David Page Webmaster Navyphotos.co.uk
||HMS Assistance (F-173) at anchor, date and location unknown.
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