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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

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USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2)
USS ARD-26 (1944 - 1965)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Zulu - Zulu
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 Alamogordo (ARDM-2) was transferred to Ecuador

ARD-12 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock / ARDM-1 Class Medium Auxiliary Repair Dock:
  • Built by Pacific Bridge Co., Alameda, CA
  • Laid down, date unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS ARD-26, 15 June 1944, LCDR Irving B. Smith, USN (Ret.), commanding
  • During and after World War II USS ARD-26 served almost continually at Guam except for a short period operating in the Ryukyus Islands in 1945
  • Decommissioned in 1962
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Converted to a Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock at Bethlehem Steel Corp, Baltimore, MD.
  • Reclassified ARDM-2, 22 March 1965
  • Commissioned USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2), 03 August 1965
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 November 1993
  • Transferred to Ecuador under the Security Assistance Program, renamed BAE Rio Orellana (DF-83), 18 December 2000
  • Final Disposition, active with Astinave (Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos) at Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2021
    Displacement 5,200 tons
    ARD-26 491' 8"
    ARDM-2 536'
    Draft 5' 8"(lt)
    Beam 81'
    Complement 120
    two 40mm gun mounts
    two 20mm gun mounts
    ARDM-2 none
    Machinery unknown
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    USS ARD-26
    29k USS ARD-26 is in front of USS ABSD-6 in this photo with barges alongside at Apra Harbor, Guam, circa 1944-45. Note ARD-26 has her bow painted black while the rest of her hull is painted traditional gray. Unfortunately, this image of the two dry docks tends to blend them together. Fred Basye USS ARD-26
    107k USS ARD-26 with USS Sigsbee (DD-502) dry docked at Guam while repairing battle-damage, circa 6-13 May 1945.
    US National Archives photo from 80G, by Robert Meek.
    John Chiquoine
    200k USS ARD-26 at San Diego with USS Mullany (DD-528) in her dock, September 1962. Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2)
    USS ARD-26
    92k USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2) at anchor on the Cooper River, Charleston, S.C., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1981.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS ARD-26
    139k USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2) sinking in the harbor at Charleston, S.C., after an accident on 10 November 1965.
    US National Archives photo USN 1115182-B
    Mike Green
    USS ARD-26
    110k Ex-USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2) in service as Rio Orellana (DF-83) at Guayaquil, Ecuador, May 2021. Dave Shirlaw
    USS ARD-26
    160k USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2) bronze ships' plaque. Juan C. Sanchez M.D.

    USS ARD-26 / USS Alamogordo (ARDM-2)
    DANFS entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Irving Barclay Smith USN (Ret)5 June 1944 - ?ARD-26
     Decommissioned1962 - 3 August 1965ARDM-2
    02LT John Gregory Grienenberger USN 3 August 1965 - July 1967ARDM-2
    03LT James Vivian Williamson, Jr. USN July 1967 - March 1969ARDM-2
    04LT Louis Ralph Capone, Jr. USNMarch 1969 - February 1971ARDM-2
    05LCDR Bernard Raphael Downs USN1989 - 1991ARDM-2
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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