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USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) - a Bolster-class rescue and salvage ship

In Commission 1945 to 1994

ARS-39 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1944 - Keel Date: 10 AUG 1944
JAN 1945 - Launch Date: 27 JAN 1945
JUN 1945 - Commissioned: 9 JUN 1945
AUG 1957 - DEC 1957 West Pac
JAN 1960 - JUN 1962 West Pac
JUN 1966 - OCT 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1967 - NOV 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1969 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1970 - MAR 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1972 - OCT 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1973 - MAY 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1975 - JUN 1975 West Pac
JUL 1978 - JAN 1979 West Pac
JUL 1979 - JAN 1980 West Pac
SEP 1979 - APR 1980 Dry Dock
SEP 1983 - OCT 1983 Towed Sonar Array Flight KAL 007
FEB 1985 - JUL 1985 West Pac
MAR 1988 - APR 1988 Golden shellback ceremony
MAR 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1988 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1991 - JUL 1991 Panama Canal
APR 1994 - Decommissioned: 1 APR 1994

ARS-39 General Specifications

Class: Bolster-class rescue and salvage ship

Complement: 100 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1497 tons

Length: 213 feet 6 inches

Beam: 39 feet

Flank Speed: 15 knots


Conserver (ARS-39) was launched 27 January 1945 by Basalt Rock Corp. Napa Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. H. Price; and commissioned 9 June 1945 at South Vallejo Calif. Lieutenant C. H. Rocklidge USNR in command.

Conserver arrived at Sasebo Japan 21 September 1945 and until 3 March 1946 she carried out salvage operations at Sasebo Okinawa Yokosuka Aomori and Hakodate in support of the occupation and after preparations at Pearl Harbor arrived at Bikini 29 March. She served in the Marshall Islands aiding in Operation "Crossroads " the atomic weapons tests of 1946 until 2 September 1947 when she arrived at Manila for duty in the Philippines. From 9 April 1948 to 26 September she served in Hawaiian waters and then in Alaskan waters returning to Pearl Harbor 13 January 1949.

From Pearl Harbor Conserver returned to operate off Alaska between 14 April 1949 and 7 June and from 10 December to 25 March 1950. With the outbreak of the Korean war she arrived at Yokosuka 15 July and between 15 July and 1 August carried out salvage and diving assignments in Korean waters. After a brief overhaul at Yokosuka she salvaged a fuel pipeline at Iwo Jima and from 10 September until 24 December returned to Korean waters. After a final towing voyage from Japan to Korea in January 1951 Conserver returned to local operations at Pearl Harbor from 16 February to 28 May. After salvage duty at Kwajalein and Majuro she returned to Pearl Harbor to prepare for her second tour of duty in the Korean War. She arrived at Sasebo 27 September and operated primarily in Korean waters until 7 May 1952 when she cleared for San Diego.

After operating on the west coast until 4 August 1952 Conserver sailed for brief duty at Pearl Harbor Kwajalein Guam Subic Bay Bangkok Singapore and Sangley Point returning to Pearl Harbor 22 October. On 6 April 1953 she returned to Sasebo for duty in Korean waters until 9 November when she cleared for Pearl Harbor.

From the close of the Korean war through 1960 Conserver alternated operations in the Hawaiian Islands with occasional towing and salvage duty in Pacific islands and tours of duty in the Far East in 1954 1955 1955-56 1957 1958-59 1959 and 1960. Between 20 September 1958 and 20 October she gave salvage and towing service off Taiwan as American ships stood by during the Quemoy Crisis.

Conserver received nine battle stars for Korean war service.

[Note: The above USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]