USS Indra, a 2125-ton Achelous class landing craft repair ship (ARL), was built at Seneca, Illinois. Originally begun as a landing ship tank (LST), she was converted to an ARL prior to launching. Indra was commissioned in October 1945 and initially served at Green Cove Springs, Florida. She was sent to the Pacific in May 1946, providing tender and repair ship services for the Amphibious Force at San Diego, California. Deployed to the Far East in January-August 1947, she supported the U.S. Marines at Tsingtao, China. Indra returned to San Diego in late September 1947 and was decommissioned early in the following month.
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 Vessel Register in 1989, USS Indra
was disposed of by transfer to the State of North Carolina in
This page features our only views related to USS Indra (ARL-37).
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Photo #: NH 97353
USS Indra (ARL-37)
Photographed circa 1967-69.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
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Photo #: NH 69484-KN (Color)
USS Indra (ARL-37)
Insignia adopted when the ship was recommissioned in 1967.
This emblem was received from USS Indra in 1969.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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In addition to the images presented above, the National Archives appears to hold other views of USS Indra, taken during 1945-47. The following list features these images:
The images listed below are NOT in
the Naval Historical Center's collections.
DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".
USS Indra (ARL-37) in the Hampton Roads area, Virginia, 10 October 1945.
Port broadside aerial view, taken from an altitude of 200 feet from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
USS Indra (ARL-37) underway in the Hampton Roads area, Virginia, 10 October 1945.
Starboard bow aerial view, taken from an altitude of 200 feet from an aircraft based at Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
USS Indra (ARL-37) moored in a harbor, possibly at San Diego, California, circa 1946-47.
Starboard broadside surface view. The ship is painted with dark hull numbers at bow and stern, rather than the usual countershaded white.
This image was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was taken at least a dozen years previously.
The images listed in this box are NOT in the Naval Historical Center's collections. DO NOT try to obtain them using the procedures described in our page "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions.".
30 September 2000