From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bellona was goddess of war in Roman mythology.

(ARL-32: dp. 2125; l. 328'; b. 50'; dr. 14'; s. 11.6 k.; cpl. 253; a. 1 3"; cl. Achelous)

LST-1136 was reclassified ARL-32, 14 August 1944 but launched 26 March 1945 by Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, Ill., as LST-1136; sponsored by Miss Huberta Jean Malsie, daughter of Lieutenant Commander Malsie; and commissioned 6 April 1945, Lieutenant P. P. Wynn in command. LST-1136 was placed out of commission 27 April 1945, converted to a landing craft repair ship at Bethlehem Steel Co., Key Highway Shipyard, Baltimore, Md.; and recommissioned 26 July 1945 as Bellona (ARL-32).

Bellona was assigned to the Pacific Fleet and arrived at San Diego in September 1945. She departed San Diego 11 October for Pearl Harbor where she remained until the 31st. She then proceeded to Iwo Jima, arriving 14 November. She operated in the vicinity of Iwo Jima until 1 December 1945, when at 0655, she was accidentally grounded on Kama Rocks. Moctobi (ATF-105) attempted salvage operations but could not free Bellona. A total loss, Bellona was destroyed 14 May 1946.