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USS Helios was an Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ship laid down on November 23, 1944 and launched on February 14, the following year. It was commissioned on February 26, 1945 under Lt. Adam W. Melohusky’s command with the hull number ARB-12 and served in the US Navy for 1 year 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 Norfolk, Pearl Harbor, Charleston or Florida. After the decommissioning, the ship was transferred to Brazil where it was renamed Belmonte (G24).