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USS Helios (ARB-12)
USS LST-1127 (1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS Helios (ARB-12) was transferred to Brazil and renamed Belmonte (G-24)
Aristaeus Class Battle Damage Repair Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 14 February 1945
Commissioned USS LST-1127, 26 February 1945, LT. Adam W. Melohusky, USN in command
Decommissioned, 16 March 1945, at Maryland Dry Dock Co., Baltimore, MD., for conversion to a Battle Damage Repair Ship
Recommissioned, USS Helios (ARB-12), 23 July 1945, LT. Adam W. Melohusky, USN in command
USS Helios was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater but arrived after the war had ended, her services were no longer need
Decommissioned, 3 December 1946, at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs
Transferred (leased) to Brazil, 19 January 1962, renamed Belmonte (G-24)
Sold outright to Brazil via the Security Assistance Program, 1 December 1977
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 December 1977
Decommissioned by the Brazilian Navy, 7 June 1997
Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 19 March 2002
Displacement 1,781 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl)
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 11.6 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Ship's Service Generators
four 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
two 100Kw 450V A.C.
Fuel Oil Capacity Diesel 4,480 Bbls
two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
two propellers, 1800shp
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||USS Helios (ARB-12) underway near Baltimore, MD., 28 July 1945 after completion of conversion to a Battle Damage Repair Ship.
| Belmonte (G-24)
||Ex-USS Helios (ARB-12) in Brazilian naval service as Belmonte (G-25) underway, date and location unknown.
USS Helios (ARB-12)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Melohusky, Adam Walter, USN||26 February 1945 - 16 March 1945|
| ||Decommissioned||16 March 1945 - 23 July 1945|
|01||LT. Melohusky, Adam Walter, USN||23 July 1945 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Russ Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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