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Arco (ARDM-5)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Golf - Yankee
NBGY
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Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - National Defense Service Medal

ARDM-5 Class Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock:
  • Laid down, 9 May 1983, at Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 14 December 1984
  • Delivered to the Navy at Bremerton, WA., 27 February 1986
  • Placed in service at Naval Station, San Diego, CA., as Arco (ARDM-5), 23 June 1986, CDR. Richard A. Riddle, Office in Charge
  • Arco is the only Sailor-operated and maintained dry dock facility in the Navy.
  • Current status, active, Submarine Squadron Eleven, San Diego, CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,400 t.
    Length 492'
    Beam 96'
    Draft 0'
    Lifting Capacity 7,800 tons
    Complement 5 Officers, 125 Enlisted
    Auxiliary Machinery unknown

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    Arco 60k Arco (ARDM-5) at Todd Shipbuilding, Seattle, WA. prior to delivery to Navy in 1986. Bob Gregory, Dep Requirements & Special Programs Officer COMPACFLT N43
    Arco 80k Arco (ARDM-5) arriving in San Diego Bay for duty at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA., circa June 1986.
    US Navy photo.
    Lisa Borges Arco, 1990-1992
    Arco 400k An aerial view of some of the service craft, submarines and support ships tied up at the submarine base at Point Loma. At left is the medium auxiliary repair dock Arco (ARDM-5); on the other side of the same pier is the auxiliary repair dry dock San Onofre (ARD-30) with a submarine aboard. At right is the submarine tender USS Dixon (AS-37), 1 January 1989.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-90-00223.
     
    Arco 293k The Guided Missile Cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG-50) followed by the Nuclear-Powered Guided Missile Cruiser USS Long Beach (CGN-9) steam past the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5), moored at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA., as they make their way out to sea for PACEX89, 18 September 1989.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-9008870.
     
    Arco 289k The Aircraft Carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) outbound to sea, 18 September 1989, to participate in PACEX89 turns in the harbor at San Diego passing Naval Submarine Base Point Loma where the Submarine Tender USS Dixon (AS-37), Auxiliary Repair Dock San Onofre (ARD-30), Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) and Floating Dry Dock Workshop (Machinery) YRDM-7 are moored.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-90-08875.
     
    Arco 247k The Destroyer Tender USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37) outbound to sea,18 September 1989, to participate in PACEX89 passes Naval Submarine Base Point Loma where the Submarine Tender USS Dixon (AS-37), Auxiliary Repair Dock San Onofre (ARD-30), Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) and Floating Dry Dock Workshop (Machinery) YRDM-7 are moored.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-90-08748.
     
    Arco 388k The Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) approaches Ballast Point at San Diego while outbound to sea,1 February 1990, passing Naval Submarine Base Point Loma where the Submarine Tenders USS McKee (AS-41) and USS Dixon (AS-37), Auxiliary Repair Dock San Onofre (ARD-30), Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) and Floating Dry Dock Workshop (Machinery) YRDM-7 are moored.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-90-07878.
     
    Arco 292k The Auxiliary Repair Dock San Onofre (ARD-30) and Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) with a submarine positioned in her dock, at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA., 17 March 1991.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-94-00477.
     
    Arco 688k The Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN-721) during routine hull maintenance and painting in the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) at the Point Loma Submarine Base, San Diego, Ca., 1 June 1993. The Chicago sports a Bulls-type logo on her nose in appreciation of the Chicago Bull's recent victory in the NBA championship games. The bull is expected to wash off after three or four dives
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-94-01082.
     
    Arco 254k Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA., 16 July 1993.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-94-00041.
     
    Arco 271k A Los Angeles class nuclear-powered submarine undergoing hull maintenance and repainting inside Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) with a submarine position in her dock, at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA., 16 July 1993.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-94-00040.
     
    Arco 319k Medium auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) moored at the end of the 1010 dock beside Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, 31 May 1996.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-97-01140.
     
    Arco 25k Medium auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Arco (ARDM-5) and USS Denver (LPD-9) at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA. in 1997.
    US Navy photo
    Ron Reeves
    Arco 327k Arco (ARDM-5) at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA., 2005. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Arco 73k Arco (ARDM-5) with Jefferson City (SSN-759) drydocked while undergoing repair
    US Navy photo
    Submarine Squadron 11 web site
    Arco 644k Arco (ARDM-5)'s crew uses mooring lines to pull the Los Angeles-class fast-attack nuclear submarine Helena (SSN-725) into the dry dock, 10 January 2006. Helena is entering dry-dock for routine scheduled maintenance.
    US Navy photo # 060110-N-3532C-044. SAN DIEGO (January 10, 2006) by JOSN Joseph Caballero.
    Chet Morris
    Arco 724k Arco (ARDM-5)'s crew uses mooring lines to pull the Los Angeles-class fast-attack nuclear submarine Helena (SSN-725) into the dry dock, 10 January 2006. Helena is entering dry-dock for routine scheduled maintenance.
    US Navy photo # 060110-N-3532C-092. SAN DIEGO (January 10, 2006) by JOSN Joseph Caballero.
    Chet Morris
    Arco 997k The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758), enters Arco (ARDM-5), 25 April 2007, for a scheduled maintenance period at Naval Base Point Loma.
    US Navy photo # 070425-N-6357K-002 SAN DIEGO (April 25, 2007) by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Yan M. Kennon.
    Chet Morris
    Arco 97k Arco (ARDM-5) at Naval Station Point Loma, San Diego, CA. welcomes the Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Nimitz (CVN 68), the Nimitz Strike Group and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 upon their return to their homeport of San Diego after a six-month deployment.
    US Navy photo # 070930-N-9760Z-021 SAN DIEGO (Sept. 30, 2007) by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Eduardo Zaragoza.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Sustain 109k Arco (ARDM-5) moored at Naval Base Point Loma, CA., 18 October 2009. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn

    USS Arco (ARDM-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Officers in Charge
    01CDR. Riddle, Richard Arnold23 June 1986 - 26 March 1988
    02LCDR. Hendrickson, W.26 March 1988 - 30 January 1990
    03LCDR. Ruple II, Robert Walter30 January 1990 - 1 November 1991
    04LCDR. Hyman, Stephen George1 November 1991 - 28 October 1993
    05LCDR. Miller, Howard P.28 October 1993 - 14 June 1995
    06LCDR. Tibbits, Stephen K.14 June 1995 - 13 June 1997
    07CDR. Wilkie, David Bruce13 June 1997 - 17 June 1999
    08LCDR. Little Jr., Glen Melvon17 June 1999 - 27 July 2001
    09CDR. Baker, Charles Edgar Ashley27 July 2001 - 9 May 2003
    10CDR. Thomas, Peter Humphrey M.9 May 2003 - 10 November 2004
    11CDR. Hogan, Edward F.10 November 2004 - 7 July 2006
    12LCDR. LaPrade, Michael7 July 2006 - 2007
    13LCDR. Smith, John2007 - 12 September 2008
    14LCDR. Spears, Raymond Chester12 September 2008 - 2011
    15LCDR. Schmidt, Mack Francis2011 - 27 July 2012
    16LCDR. Thompson, Michael27 July 2012 - 2014
    17LCDR. Sims, Michael Kevin16 May 2014 -  
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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