From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Displacement 2125
Length 328'
Beam 50'
Draw 14'4"
Speed 11.6 k
Complement 253
Armament 1 3"
Class Achelous

Askari (ARL 30) was launched 2 March 1945 as LST1181 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, Seneca, Ill.; sponsored by Mrs. Patricia Ann Jacobsen, and commissioned 15 March 1945, Lieutenant E. L. Haslup in command. She proceeded to Jacksonville, Fla., where she was placed out of commission and underwent conversion to an ARL at Merrill-Stevens Dry Dock and Repair Co. LST-1181 was recommissioned as Askari 23 July 1945 and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Her tours of duty during the years September 1945 to October 1955 were as a repair ship under the operational control of Commander, Service Force, Pacific, Commander, Amphibious Force, Pacific; and Commander, Task Force 90, which operated in the Pacific. Askari's primary mission was to furnish tender services to ships of the Amphibious Force, Pacific. Prior to the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, the majority of Askari's service was in the San Diego area, repairing landing craft of the Amphibious Force.

Askari served in Korean waters 6 September-2 November 1950 and 15 September 1952-6 April 1953. During the earlier tour she took part in the Inchon (16 September) and Wonsan (25 October) landings, and the Hungnam Evacuation (9 25 December). She also made a Far Eastern tour (1954 55), taking part in the "Passage to Freedom" operation in Indo-China (October-November 1954) and the Tachen Islands evacuation (Fehruary 1955). Askari was placed out of commission in reserve at Astoria, Oreg., 21 March 1956.

Askari received four battle stars for her Korean service.