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LST-82 ARL-6

ARL-6 was transferred via lend-lease to Great Britain and designated LSE-2, later transferred to Argentina and named ARA Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22)
Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 March 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 9 June 1943
  • Redesignated Achelous Class Landing Craft Repair Ship ARL-6, 20 July 1943
  • Transferred, 2 August 1943, to the United Kingdom
  • ARL-6 never saw active service with the United States Navy
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LSE-2, 2 August 1943
  • Converted to an LSE at Norfolk, VA., in September 1943
  • Departed Norfolk, bound for Oran, December 1943, in convoy carrying US troops
  • Sailed to Algiers and Bougie, then Malta
  • Departed Malta in February 1944, arrived at Portland, March 1944
  • Anchored off Normandy approx. D+5, repairing small naval vessels until end of July
  • Back to Portsmouth then Larne, Northern Ireland
  • Took part in the invasion of southern France
  • Visited Toulon and Marseilles, Ajaccio, Naples, Taranto, Palermo, Malta, Aden, Cochin, Bombay and Madras.
  • Transported doctors and nurses from Colombo to Sumatra
  • Steamed to Batavia, Java, then Singapore at Christmas 1945
  • Ship returned to US Naval custody and paid off, 21 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold, 20 August 1947, to Argentina, renamed ARA Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22)
  • Decommissioned by the Argentine Navy, 25 August 1960
  • Sold by the Argentina in 1968, to Bottachi S. A. (Argentina), for trade between Argentina and Brazil,
    renamed MV Tierra Del Fuego Signal (L Q L A)
  • Final Disposition, 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-2
    ARL-6 105k Ex-ARL-6 in Royal Naval service as HM LSE-2 moored at 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-57203, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    ARA Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22)
    ARL-6 17k ExARL-6 in Argentine service as ARA Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22), moored outboard pierside, date and location unknown. Armada Argentina web site

    LST-82 / ARL-6
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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