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The USS HECTOR (AR-7), a Vulcan class repair ship, was commissioned on 7 FEB 1944. USS HECTOR was dispatched to the support the Pacific effort in World War II. She moved westward as the "front" moved closer to Japan. As the war ended she was stationed in Saipan and repaired vessels for their voyage home after the war. HECTOR continued in service alternating Western Pacific deployments with "state side" duty, serving the Fleet. During the Korean and Vietnam wars, she deployments were longer and of higher tempo. Post Vietnam, HECTOR returned to routine deployments to the "West Pac". Her 27th, and last, deployment called her to the Indian Ocean. USS HECTOR served her country for 43 years, 1 month and 24 days, until decommissioned on 31 MAR 1987. In 1989 HEECTOR was leased to Pakistan, then returned to the US custody in 1994, and then sold and scrapped the same year in an Indian ship breakers yard.

The USS HECTOR (AR-7) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AR-7 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1942 - Launch Date: 11 NOV 1942
MAY 1943 - Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1943 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1943 - Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1943 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1944 - Commissioned: 7 FEB 1944
MAR 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 4 MAR 1944 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1950 - OCT 1953 Korean War
JUL 1959 - JAN 1960 West Pac
JAN 1961 - AUG 1961 West Pac
JAN 1963 - JAN 1964 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1963 - FEB 1964 West Pac
MAY 1963 - FEB 1964 West Pac
JUN 1963 - JAN 1964 West Pac
AUG 1966 - DEC 1966 West Pac
JAN 1967 - OCT 1967 West PAC
JAN 1967 - JUN 1967 West Pac
JAN 1968 - JAN 1968 West Pac
FEB 1968 - SEP 1968 West PAC
JUN 1968 - AUG 1968 West Pac
FEB 1969 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - OCT 1969 West Pac
JAN 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1970 - JUN 1973 West Pac
JAN 1972 - JUL 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1972 - OCT 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1973 - FEB 1974 West Pac
JAN 1975 - JUL 1975 West Pac
SEP 1978 - MAR 1979 West Pac
OCT 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 3 OCT 1978 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1981 - JAN 1982 West Pac
OCT 1981 - Homeport changed to Oakland CA
NOV 1981 - JUL 1982 West Pac
FEB 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1982 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1982 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 9 FEB 1982 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1982 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1984 - AUG 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean
FEB 1984 - AUG 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAR 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 4 MAR 1984 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1985 - JUN 1986 West Pac
MAR 1987 - Decommissioned: 31 MAR 1987

AR-7 General Specifications

Class: Vulcan-class repair ship

Named for: Hector

Complement: 1108 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 9140 tons

Length: 529 feet 6 inches

Beam: 73 feet 6 inches

Flank Speed: 19 knots

Final Disposition: 20 April 1989 Leased to Pakistan and renamed MOWAIN.


Hector (AR-7) a modified Liberty ship was launched 11 November 1942 by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; sponsored by Mrs. Schuyler F. Heim; and commissioned 7 February 1944 Comdr. J. W. Long in command.

After shakedown along the West Coast the new repair ship sailed for the Pacific reaching Pearl Harbor 9 April 1944. She remained at Pearl Harbor effecting repairs on various ships primarily landing craft until she departed for Eniwetok 5 June. Arriving there 13 June Hector spent the summer at Eniwetok and then sailed for Ulithi 30 September. Her biggest repair job of the war came to her 27 October at Ulithi as the cruiser Houston torpedoed twice by Japanese submarines [Vol. IV errata: aircraft] was towed alongside. Although hampered by a severe typhoon season which twice sent her out to sea for safety Hector managed to repair Houston by the end of the year besides aiding many other smaller craft.

Hector departed Ulithi 16 February 1945 and 5 days later steamed into Tarragona Leyte Gulf to repair ships as the battle for the Philippines raged. This task completed she returned to Ulithi 30 March and continued on to Saipan 22 May. After the long war ended 1 September Hector remained in the Pacific to prepare various ships for return to the States.

Departing Saipan 21 January 1946 Hector reached Long Beach 3 February. After serving as a repair ship there she sailed for her first WestPac cruise 7 May 1947 thereby settling into a peacetime schedule interrupted 3 years later by the outbreak of war in Korea. Hector sailed into Yokosuka 18 September 1950. From there she continued to Inchon Korea arriving at the scene of a brilliant amphibious operation 25 September. For the remainder of the Korean War Hector alternated repair service along the Korean coast and in Japan with normal duty out of Long Beach.

Thereafter as before the Korean conflict Hector alternated 4 to 6 months of service and exercises along the California coast with 6- and 8-month WestPac cruises. During these cruises the repair ship operating in support and service of the nation's far-flung Pacific and Asian defenses visited such ports as Yokosuka Hong Kong Shanghai Guam and Eniwetok. Serving intermittently as flagship for both Service Squadrons 1 and 3 Hector also was a major participant in the Navy's "People-to-People" program in Asia. Her deployments to the Western Pacific continued into the 1960's.

Hector operated in the Far East from Japan to the Philippines between June 1963 and January 1964. After providing repair services for ships at Long Beach during the remainder of 1964 and the first 6 months of 1965 she underwent a modernization overhaul at Long Beach between July 1965 and February 1966 to increase her repair capabilities. Thence she resumed fleet services out of Long Beach until departing for the Far East 5 August. She arrived Subic Bay later that month and during the next 6 months repaired and serviced ships in the Philippines Taiwan and Japan. She returned to the West Coast in March 1967; and into mid-1967 Hector continued to maintain a high state of readiness and provide repair services at Long Beach.

[Note: The above USS HECTOR (AR-7) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS HECTOR (AR-7) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]