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USS Diomedes was an Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ship laid down on October 19, 1944 and launched on January 11, the following year. It was commissioned on June 23, 1945 under Lt. Cmdr. S. H. P. Read’s command with the hull number ARB-11 and served in the US Navy for 2 years until it was decommissioned on December 3, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 260 people on board and had the main missions in Okinawa, Hong Kong, Kiirun, Taku, Pearl Harbor, Charleston, Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to West Germany where it was renamed Wotan (A513).