ARL-30 General Specifications
Class: Achelous-class repair ship
Complement: 254 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2220 tons
Length: 328 feet
Beam: 50 feet
Draft: 11 feet 2 in
Final Disposition: Sold to Indonesian Navy 1971
USS ASKARI (ARL-30)
Askari (ARL 30) was launched 2 March 1945 as LST1181 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Works
Ill.; sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Ann Jacobsen
and commissioned 15 March 1945
Lieutenant E. L. Haslup in command. She proceeded to Jacksonville
where she was placed out of commission and underwent conversion to an ARL at Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock and Repair Co. LST-1181 was recommissioned as Askari 23 July 1945 and reported to the Pacific Fleet.
Her tours of duty during the years September 1945 to October 1955 were as a repair ship under the operational control of Commander
Pacific; and Commander
Task Force 90
which operated in the Pacific. Askari's primary mission was to furnish tender services to ships of the Amphibious Force
Pacific. Prior to the outbreak of hostilities in Korea
the majority of Askari's service was in the San Diego area
repairing landing craft of the Amphibious Force.
Askari served in Korean waters 6 September-2 November 1950 and 15 September 1952-6 April 1953. During the earlier tour she took part in the Inchon (16 September) and Wonsan (25 October) landings
and the Hungnam Evacuation (9 25 December). She also made a Far Eastern tour (1954 55)
taking part in the "Passage to Freedom" operation in Indo-China (October-November 1954) and the Tachen Islands evacuation (Fehruary 1955). Askari was placed out of commission in reserve at Astoria
21 March 1956.
Askari received four battle stars for her Korean service.
[Note: The above USS ASKARI (ARL-30) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ASKARI (ARL-30) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]