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AR-5 Vulcan

The Vulcan class repair ship is capable of providing battle damage repair, maintenance and logistics support to ships assigned, at anchor or moored to a pier, in a wartime environment. These older ships are all of World War II vintage. They were funded under 1939 and 1940 shipbuilding programs spearheaded by Congressman Carl Vinson. These ships can simultaneously repair a large number of ship systems and subsystems and can be forward deployed in time of conflict.


BuilderAR-5, New York Shipbuilding;
AR-56-8, Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock, San Pedro CA
Power Plant Four boilers, steam turbines, two shafts, 11,000 shaft horsepower
Length 529 feet
Beam 73 feet
Draft feet
Displacement Approximately 16,270 tons full load
Speed19.2 knots
Crew 1,004
Armament4 5"/38
8 40mm


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Vulcan AR-5 New York SBNorfolk14 Jun 194130 Sep 1991
Ajax AR-6 Los Angeles SB & DD30 Oct 194316 May 1989
Hector AR-7 Los Angeles SB & DD07 Jul 1994
Jason AR-8 Los Angeles SB & DDSan Diego04 Nov 194019 Jun 194424 Jun 1995

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Sunday, January 16, 2000 7:50:52 AM