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USS Waterford (ARD-5)
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USS Waterford (ARD-5) at New London, Connecticut
Career (United States)
Name: USS Waterford
Namesake: Waterford, Connecticut
Builder: Pacific Bridge Co.
Laid down: 22 September 1941
Launched: 12 March 1942
Commissioned: 3 July 1943
Decommissioned: 9 September 1997
Reinstated: 1999, Chilean Navy
Motto: "We Lift The Fleet!"[1] [2] "We Preserve" [3]
Status: In service with Chilean Navy[4]
General characteristics
Class & type: ARD-2-class Auxiliary Repair Dock
Displacement: 4,800 tons (Light)
Length: 482 Feet, 7 Inches
Beam: 71 Feet
Draft: 5 Feet
Complement: 6 Officers, 125 Enlisted
Armament: Two single 20mm gun mounts
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: None

USS Waterford (ARD-5) was an Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock of the United States Navy during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. She later served the Chilean Navy as Talcahuano (133).

Ship History[edit | edit source]

Waterford (ARD-5) was originally the unnamed, steel-hulled, auxiliary repair drydock ARD-5. She was completed in June 1942 at San Diego, California, by the Pacific Bridge Co. During the war, she served Pearl Harbor and San Francisco. At the end of World War II she was serving at the navy yard at Mare Island, California. She remained there until shifting to the east coast to serve the repair needs of the Atlantic Fleet. ARD-5 was named Waterford on 17 November 1976. She remained active, "in service" with the Atlantic Fleet into 1979 -- serving Groton and Naval Submarine Base New London. In 1984, Waterford assisted in repairs of the USS Sculpin.

Fate[edit | edit source]

In February 1997, the nuclear research submarine NR-1 docked, and undocked by late March. [5] Waterford was decommissioned on 9 September 1997, and struck from the Naval Register on 1 October 1997. On 10 March 1999, she was disposed of via the Security Assistance Program to the Republic of Chile. She was renamed Talcahuano (133) on 30 August 1999.

International radio call sign of
USS Waterford (ARD-5)
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Ship Awards[edit | edit source]

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Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Battle Effectiveness Award with Wreathed 'E' (7 awards) American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal with 2 service stars

External links[edit | edit source]

  • [1]- NavSource, ARD-5 WATERFORD
  • [2]- The USS Waterford
  • [3] Page 40-43, All Hands Magazine, March 1984
  • [4]- U.S. Naval Register, ARD-5
  • [5]- Navy Crew List ARD-5

References[edit | edit source]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.


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