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USS Aventinus (ARVE-3)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Korean Service Medal



USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) was transferred to Chile and renamed Aguila (ARV-135)
Aventinus Class Aircraft Repair Ship (Engine):
  • Authorized as LST-1092
  • Redesignated an Aircraft Repair Ship (Engine), 8 December 1944
  • Laid down, 8 January 1945, at American Bridge Co., Ambridge, PA.
  • Launched, 24 March 1945
  • Commissioned, USS Aventinus (ARV(E)-3), 30 May 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LCDR. Harris, William W. Jr., USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 25 July 1950
  • Decommissioned, 4 April 1952, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Transferred to Chile in August 1963, renamed Aguila (ARV-135)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 June 1992
  • Final Disposition, scuttled in August 1980 after running aground
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,110 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl), 4,100 t.(lim)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 20
    Enlisted - 225 240
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve 20mm AA guns
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    three Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 230V A.C.
    two shafts, twin rudders, 1,800shp

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    USS Aventinus (ARVE-3)
    Aventinus 39k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) underway off Okinawa, late 1945. Jeff Burke
    Aventinus 57k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Aventinus 78k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy
    James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 61k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) gunnery drill, date unknown. James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 54k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) underway , starboard side looking forward, date and location unknown. James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 69k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) aircraft engine test equipment James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 61k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) sick bay James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 162k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) aircraft engine test stand James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 78k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) aircraft engine test stand James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 45k Buckner Bay, Okinawa from the decks of USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 111k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) coming alongside a barge off Okinawa, circa October 1945. James D. Patlyek
    Aventinus 84k USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) coming alongside a barge off Okinawa, circa October 1945. James D. Patlyek
    Fabius 136k Aircraft Repair Division One, deployed and in operation at NAF, Yokosuka, Japan, 24 March 1951. This division consisted of USS Aventinus (ARVE-3), foreground, and USS Fabius (ARVA-5)
    US National Archives Photo No. 80-G-440496, RG-80-G. a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection at the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Aventinus 85k Aventinus (ARVE-3) at a anchor, 5 June 1951, location unknown.
    US Navy photo for the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Aventinus 93k Aventinus (ARVE-3) underway circa 1951 during her Korean war service. The raised structure at the forward end of the deckhouse is a cell for testing aircraft engines by running them up. The forward end of the deckhouse on the two airframe repair ships (ARVAs) was low and opened in the front instead of on the sides.
    US Naval History and Command Photo # USN 1046228
    Robert Hurst
    Aguila (ARV-135)
    Aventinus 43k Ex-USS Aventinus (ARVE-3) in the Republic of Chile service as Helicopter support ship Aguila (ARV-135) at anchor, circa 1965, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Aventinus 122k Aguila (ARV-135) under way, circa 1971, location unknown.
    Chilean Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Aventinus 33k Aguila (ARV-135) moored at Caleta Tortel, Chiloe Island, Chile, in 1979. Victor Vergara

    Aventinus (ARVE-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Harris Jr., William Wilson, USNR30 May 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Sherman, Robert A., USNRDecember 1945 - March 1946
    03LCDR. Trudeau, Russell Francis, USNMarch 1946 - 30 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Aventinus see;
  • USS Aventinus Crew Photos
  • Aventinus ships newspapers:
    Volume No. 1, No. 1. "Nameless News" Monday 22 October 1945
    Volume No. 1, No. 2. "Avent News"
    Volume No. 1, No. 6. "Avent News" Monday 26 November 1945

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

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