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LST-81 ARL-5

ARL-5 was transferred under the lend-lease program to Great Britain and designated LSE-1, later transferred to Argentina and named ARA Ingeniero Hodesh (Q-21)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 March 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 28 May 1943
  • Redesignated Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL-5, 20 July 1943
  • ARL-5 saw no active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred , 29 July 1943, to the United Kingdom
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LSE-1, 30 July 1943
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 21 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • Transferred on loan, 20 August 1947, to Argentina, named ARA Ingeniero Hodesh (Q-21) renamed Ingeniero Iribas (Q-21), date unknown
  • Sold to Argentina in 1967
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1967 fate unknown
    ARL Specifications:
    Displacement 2,220 t.(lt) 3,960 t.(fl) 4,100 t.(lim)
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2" (lim)
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Officers 19
    Enlisted 270
    one single 3" (12-pdr). gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 4,715Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ships Service Generators
    three 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two 60Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 1,800shp
    twin rudders

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    HM LSE-1
    ARL-5 97k Ex-ARL-5 in Royal Naval service as HM LSE-1 near Baltimore, MD., 25 September 1943, after completion of conversion. Note the British 12 Pdr (3") gun on a raised platform at the stern and the absence of 40mm quad mounts on this ship. Like the U.S. ships, they also originally had eight 20mm mounts. The British ships lacked the "A" frame hoist fitted to the U.S. ships, but this photograph suggests and others confirm that the bow doors were operational, rather then being welded shut as in the U.S. units of this class.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-57196, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    ARA Ingeniero Iribas (Q-21)
    ARL-5 16k Ex-ARL-5 in Argentine service as ARA Ingeniero Iribas (Q-21), pierside, date and location unknown Armada Argentina web site

    View the LST-81 / ARL-5
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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