Satyr was laid down as LST-852
on 16 August 1944 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. Seneca, IL
launched on 13 November 1944 and commissioned on 27 November
1944, with Lt. Wm. J. Gavigan, USNR, in command. Following her
initial commissioning LST-852 proceeded to Jacksonville,
FL. converted to a landing craft repair ship and recommissioned
as the Satyr (ARL-23) on 28 April 1945. During the next
month, she underwent training exercises in Chesapeake Bay; and
on 3 June, she departed the east coast for the Panama Canal,
California and duty in the Pacific Fleet. By the end of July,
the ARL had crossed the International Date Line.10 August
1945, she joined the Pacific Fleet's Amphibious Force at Guam.
Ten days later, she continued west in a convoy of LST's and
APD's; but a collision the next day sent her to Saipan for
repairs to her bow doors. Repairs were completed on the 28th.
10 September, she sailed for Okinawa,
where she continued on to Japan for occupation duty.
September 1945, she anchored in Tokyo Bay off Yokosuka. 1
October 1945, she cleared the bay, moved north to Hakkaido and
operated out of Otaru for two months. She then returned to
Yokosuka where she joined ServDiv 102. In April 1946, she
shifted to the China Coast. Then in July, she returned to Japan
and at mid-month sailed for the United States. Steaming via
Pearl Harbor, Satyr arrived in California in September
and for the next 10 months, operated out of San Pedro in support
of various amphibious commands., she was decommissioned and
berthed with the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet.
Early August 1950, the Satyr was
ordered activated, and 8 September was recommissioned.
23 October 1950, she assumed duties as
landing craft tender at San Diego. For the next four months, she
supported units training off southern California.
2 March 1951, she headed west toward
Japan and the Korean peninsula.
7 April 1951, she arrived in Yokosuka
and departed on the 24th.
28 April 1951, she took up duties as a
landing craft tender at Pusan and continued that service until
mid July. She then returned to Japan where she provided similar
services at Sasebo and Yokosuka and participated in amphibious
training exercises in northern Honshu and Hokkaido.
14 December1951, she headed back to
California and tender duties at San Diego.
After the cessation of open hostilities
in Korea, Satyr returned to the Far East. Arriving in
Yokosuka on 21 September 1953, she participated in amphibious
assault exercises in northern Japan during October; provided
tender services in Serv Div 31 into January 1954; participated
in further exercises in the Ryukyu, Bonin, and Volcano Islands
and supported Sea Bee operations at Buckner Bay into March. She
then sailed for Yokosuka to prepare for recrossing the Pacific
to California. Returning to San Diego in early May, Satyr
performed tender services there until 1 October when she was
transferred to Long Beach and assigned to Amphibious Squadron 7
for operational control.
11 October 1954, she sailed for her new
home port, whence she operated until again ordered inactivated
in January 1956. She then returned to San Diego.
17 April 1956, she was again
decommissioned and berthed with the Pacific Reserve Fleet.
December 1966, the ARL was
ordered reactivated a second time.
1967 was spent in New Orleans for
15 February 1968, she was
recommissioned at the Naval Support Activity, Algiers, LA; and a
month later, she headed for San Diego, her homeport. Refresher
training was completed at the end of May.
5 June 1968, she sailed for the western
5 July 1968, she arrived at Subic Bay;
and on the 10th, she anchored at Vung Tau, Republic of Vietnam.
The next day, Satyr moved into the Mekong Delta.
July 1968, she joined TF 117, the Mobile Riverine Force. Based
primarily in Dong Tam, she operated throughout the delta area.
25 July 1968, she proceeded to the
junction of the Soirap and Vanco Rivers, near Nha Be, where she
operated for nearly two months.
16 September 1968, she returned to Dong
Early October 1968, she supported
operations in the Vinh Long area and toward the end of the
month, she entered the Bassac River and proceeded to the Can Tho
November 1968, she supported units at
Long Xuyen, Dai Ngai and Can Tho.
December 1968, in mid-December, she
moved into the Gulf of Thailand to support units participating
in operation "Sea Lord." On the 23rd, she escorted
boats to Rach Gia, whence she returned to Can Tho, arriving on
the 26th to resume support operations for TG 117.2.
1969, TF 117 was dissolved and operational control of Satyr
shifted to Commander, Naval Support Activity, Saigon. Into
January 1970 she operated in the vicinity of the Song Ong Doc.
In May, the Satyr moved up the Mekong River and into
August, supported American and Vietnamese naval and marine units
involved in "Tran Hung Dao" I, VII, XI, XVII, and
Mid December 1970, the Satyr was
back in the Mekong Delta area. With one run to Long Xuyen, she
remained in the Tan Chau area until 15 February 1971 and then
returned to Long Xuyen where she operated until decommissioned
and transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy on 30 September
1971. The same day she was recommissioned as the VNS Vinh
Long (HQ-802). With the fall of the South Vietnamese
Government she left for the Philippines where she served as
Yakal in the Philippine Navy.
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