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ARD-16
ex
USS ARD-16 (1944 - 1946)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - India - Bravo
NJIB

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

ARD-12 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock:
  • Laid down, circa 1943, at Pacific Bridge, Alameda, CA.
  • Delivered and commissioned USS ARD-16, 1 February 1944, LCDR. Gerrard T. January, in command
  • During World War II USS ARD-16 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 24 July to 1 August 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 2 to 15 August 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944

  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1946 and placed in service
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1972
  • Sold for scrapping, 1 March 1973, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • Resold to Bender Ship Building, Mobile, AL. for commercial service
  • Final Disposition, while laying partially submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, due west of Yankeetown, FL., during salvage operations by Blacksmith Marine Corp, Jacksonville, FL. a severe weather system knocked down both wing walls. She is now going to be cut up for scrap
  • USS ARD-16 earned two battle stars for Worle War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,200 t.
    Length 492'
    Beam 81'
    Draft 6'

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    USS ARD-16
    ARD-16 31k ARD-16, in service at Melville, R.I. with an unidentified destroyer in the dock for removal of her starboard propeller. Photo by Dave Meyer ME2 USS Yosemite 1952-56. Vince Banks, R4-Div, USS Yosemite (AD-19)
    ARD-16 36k ARD-16, in service at Melville, R.I. with an unidentified destroyer in the dock for removal of her starboard propeller. Photo by Dave Meyer ME2 USS Yosemite 1952-56. Vince Banks, R4-Div, USS Yosemite (AD-19)
    ARD-16 33k ARD-16, in service at Melville, R.I. with an unidentified destroyer in the dock for removal of her starboard propeller. Photo by Dave Meyer ME2 USS Yosemite 1952-56. Vince Banks, R4-Div, USS Yosemite (AD-19)
    Constellation 79k Ex-USS Constellation (IX-20) is maneuvered into floating dry dock ARD-16 on 5 August 1955 in preparation for her transfer from the Boston Naval Shipyard to Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photos, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10725-2) Stephen P. Carlson Preservation Specialist Boston NHP Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, MA
    Constellation 139k Ex-USS Constellation (IX-20) is maneuvered into ARD-16 on 5 August 1955 in preparation for her transfer from the Boston Naval Shipyard to Baltimore. (U.S. Navy photos, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10725-3) Stephen P. Carlson Preservation Specialist Boston NHP Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, MA
    Constellation 182k Ex-USS Constellation (IX-20) in the dock of ARD-16 at Pier 6 of the Boston Naval Shipyard on 5 August 1955. The harbor tug Chegodega (YTB-542) is seen at right, with Wawasee (YTB-367) at left. On the far left side, USS Mineral County (LST-988) is at Pier 5. (U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10726) Stephen P. Carlson Preservation Specialist Boston NHP Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, MA
    Constellation 81k USS Nipmuc (ATF-157) tows ARD-16 carrying ex-ex-USS Constellation (IX-20) down Boston Harbor on 5 August 1955 during the historic vesselís transfer to Baltimore. The commercial tug Hercules is near the floating dry dockís bow, while Chegodega (YTB-542) is at the stern. (U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10726) Stephen P. Carlson Preservation Specialist Boston NHP Charlestown Navy Yard Boston, MA
    Constellation 911k USS Nipmuc (ATF-157) tows ARD-16 carrying ex-USS Constellation (IX-20) into the harbor at Baltimore, MD., 9 August 1955.
    AP Wirephoto
    Ron Reeves
    Thor 264k Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Ships and Craft present:
    LocationShip (Hull No.)Ship Type
    Pier 11USS Wasp (CVS-18)Aircraft Carrier
    Dry Dock 5ARD-16Floating Dry Dock
    In ARD-16YFND-23Dry Dock Companion Craft
    Pier 10Empty 
    Pier 9EUSS Macon (CA-132)
    YD-196
    Heavy Cruiser
    Floating Crane
    Pier 9WUSS Hugh Purvis (DD-709)Destroyer
    Pier 8EUSS Thor (ARC-4)
    YPD-24
    Cable Layer
    Floating Pile Driver
    Pier 7EUSS Springfield (CLG-7)Guided Missile Light Cruiser
    Pier 7WEmpty 
    Pier 6EUSS Perry (DD-844)Destroyer
    Pier 6WUSS Mitscher (DL-2)Destroyer Leader
    Pier 5EUSS Albany (CG-10)Guided Missile Heavy Cruiser
    Pier 5WUSS Yosemite (AD-19)Destroyer Tender
    Pier 4EEmpty 
    Pier 4WUSS Skywatcher (AGR-3)Radar Picket Ship
    U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111)
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
    Salvage Operations
    ARD-16 1305k Ex-USS ARD-16 laying partially submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, due west of Yankeetown, FL., being raised and repaired by Blacksmith Marine Corp, Jacksonville, FL., August 2010. Rick Jolly
    ARD-16 1314k
    ARD-16 1308k
    ARD-16 1329k
    ARD-16 1313k

    There is no DANFS history available for USS ARD-16 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. January, Gerrard T.1 February 1944 - December 1945
    02LCDR. Finger, John A. December 1945 - 1 July 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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