From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bellerophon was a character in Greek mythology.

(ARL-31: dp. 2125; l. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 14'; s. 11.6 k.; cpl. 253; a. 1 3'; cl. Achelous)

LST-1132 was reclassified ARL-31, 14 August 1944, but launched 7 March 1945 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, Ill., as LST-1132; sponsored by Mrs. Hazel Simcox Witherspoon; and commissioned 19 March 1945, Lieutenant P. P. Wynn in command. She departed 21 March 1945 for Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, Ala., where on 31 March 1945 she was placed out of commission for conversion to a landing craft repair ship. Conversion was completed 21 July 1945 and she was placed in commission as Bellerophon (ARL 31).

The ship's first and only assignment was as a repair ship for boat pools in the San Francisco Bay area. She remained on this duty until 26 November 1947 when she commenced her pre-inactivation overhaul. Bellerophon was placed out of commission in reserve at San Diego 26 March 1948.