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USS Salvager (ARSD-3) (1946 - 1967)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Gypsy Class Salvage Lifting Vessel:
  • Authorized as LSM-551
  • Redesignated ARSD-3, 24 April 1945 Named Salvager, 1 May 1945 Laid down, 27 August 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
  • Launched, 7 December 1945
  • Commissioned USS Salvager (ARSD-3), 22 March 1946, LCDR Howard Leo Kubel, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 23 November 1965
  • Converted to a non-self propelled vessel in 1966
  • Redesignated Salvage Craft Medium YMLC-3, 16 October 1967
  • Placed in service in December 1967
  • Placed our of service in July 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1972
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 816 t.
    Length 224' 9"
    Beam 34' 10"
    Draft 8' 4"
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 65
    Armament none
    Propulsion two Fairbanks Morse (model 38D81/8X10, reversible with hydraulic clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
    Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement).

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    Salvager 105k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) moored pierside, date and location unknown, circa 1950s. Robert Hurst
    Baldwin 101k USS Baldwin (DD-624) at right during operations to refloat her at Montauk Point, Long Island, N.Y., at 1030 hrs. 28 April 1961. The "mothballed" destroyer had broken free from her towline, 16 April 1961, and drifted ashore. Among the ships engaged in the salvage effort are USS Hoist (ARS-40), USS Salvage (ARSD-3), USS Windlass (ARSD-4) and a fleet tug (ATF). photographed from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station Quonset Point, R. I. Baldwin was towed seaward by USS Luiseno (ATF-156), bottom left, and USS Recovery (ARS-43), top left, and sunk by their gunfire, in 200 fathoms. Both Salvager and Windlass (ARSD-4), participated in towing her off the beach.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 99108
    Robert Hurst
    Salvager 66k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) underway in August 1965, location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Salvager 55k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) underway, date and location unknown. USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Salvager 93k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) underway in New York Harbor, early 1960s. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Salvager 73k USS Salvager (ARSD-3) moored pierside with Bristol (DD-857) at the Boston Naval Shipyard, date unknown.
    Note: USS Constitution rigging visible in background
    ©Richard Leonhardt
    Windless 53k USS Windless (ARSD-4) at left and USS Salvager (ARSD-3) at right working together, date and location unknown. USS LSM /LSMR Association

    USS Salvager (ARSD-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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