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USS Aristaeus was an Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ship laid down on November 12, 1942 and launched on February 1, the following year. It was commissioned on May 18, 1943 under Lt. Ralph M. G. Swany’s command with the hull number ARB-1 and served in the US Navy for 4 years until it was decommissioned on January 15, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 260 people on board and had the main missions in Norfolk, Bora Bora, Sydney, Noumea, Tutuila, Buckner Bay, New Guinea, Ryukyu Islands or Kerama Retto. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1961 and sold to Brown Industries Inc. in Oakland the following year. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Aristaeus received one battle star.