ARL-18 General Specifications
Class: Achelous class repair ship
Named for: Pandemus
Complement: 255 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2220 tons
Length: 328 feet
Beam: 50 feet
Flank Speed: 12 knots
Final Disposition: Sunk as a target 1969
USS PANDEMUS (ARL-18)
Pandemus (ARL-18) was laid down as LST-660
20 July 1944 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co.
reclassified ARL 18 on 14 August 1944; named Pandemus 11 September 1944; launched 10 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Laura Sauter Gasperik; placed in reduced commission 21 October 1944 for transit to New Orleans
decommissioned 3 November 1944 for conversion to a landing craft repair ship by Todd Johnson Dry Dock
and commissioned in full 23 February 1945
Lt. Comdr. Howard B. Shaw
Pandemus departed New Orleans 12 March 1945 for shakedown out of Panama City
Fla. and returned for alterations 26 March. On 4 April she stood down the Mississippi River
bound by way of the Panama Canal
the Hawaiian and Marshall Islands
the Mariana Islands and Ulithi to Hagushi anchorage
Okinawa. There she tended and repaired infantry landing craft.
Pandemus touched at Guam and Saipan on her way to San Pedro Bay
Philippine Islands. She serviced landing and small craft in that area and then at Okinawa and Shanghai
China. She put to sea from Shanghai 21 December 1945 and steamed by way of Pearl Harbor to San Pedro
arriving 5 February 1946. Six days later she was on her way to Mobile
Ala. where she arrived 3 March. She shifted to Algiers
4 July and decommissioned there 23 September 1946.
Pandemus recommissioned at Green Cove Springs
14 December 1951
Lt. John H. Thomas in command; fitted out at Merrill Stevens Shipyard
visited Norfolk 23 January 1952
and arrived at the U.S. Naval Minecraft Base
her home port
30 March and began 16 years of service supporting minesweeping operations along the Atlantic Coast from Newport
R.I. to Key West
in the Caribbean
and in the Gulf of Mexico.
She decommissioned 30 September 1968 and was struck from the Navy List 1 October 1968. She was sunk as a target in late 1969.
Pandemus received one battle star for World War II service.
[Note: The above USS PANDEMUS (ARL-18) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS PANDEMUS (ARL-18) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]