USS Indra

North Carolina,North America

USS Indra was laid down in Chicago in February 1945 and was put in service for US Navy in October the same year. She was used as a support vessel, like at the action in Tsingtao in 1947, and in 1968 where she was sent to support the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam. In 1970 she was transferred to Reserve Fleet and in 1992 she was transferred to State of North Carolina and scuttled as part of Artifical Reef program AR 330. The wreck rest on her keel on a depth of 10 to 25 meter south of Newport.

Former names:
USS Indra
ARL 37, LST 1147 328,0 x 50,0 x 14,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2125 grt Chicago ( US ) 1945 ( US )

34.560556 N 76.854444 W

Picture: USS ARL 37
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"Commissioned 2 October 1945, Lt. Comdr. R. J. Siegelman in command. After shakedown Indra sailed to Green Cove Springs, Fla., where she remained from 30 November 1945 until 8 May 1946. She then steamed through the Panama Canal to San Diego, arriving 4 June. The ship remained in California until departing 7 January 1947 for the Far East. Indra arrived Tsingtao 19 February to support American Marines there attempting to stabilize the volatile Chinese situation and protect American lives and property. She performed repair and general services there and at Shanghai until 30 August, when she sailed for San Diego. Upon her arrival 25 September 1947, Indra decommissioned 6 October and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego group. After two decades in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Indra was recommissioned in December 1967. She arrived in the Republic of Vietnam in May 1968 to serve as a tender and floating base for the Mobile Riverine Force. Following her return to the United States, she decommissioned in May 1970 and rejoined the Reserve Fleet. Stricken from the Naval register in 1989"