Where is the Satyr Today?
February 20, 1999
The U.S.S. Satyr (ARL-23) was transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy on 30 September 1971. The same day she was recommissioned as the VNS Vinh Long (HQ-802). During the fall of Saigon in 1975 she was brought to Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippines. She still serves in the Philippine Navy (as of February 99) and is named the BRP Yakal (AR-617). She was recently scheduled for decommissioning.
Information provided by Albert B. Moore, President of the Mobile Riverine Force Association.
February 21, 1999
Because there was need of a repair ship in the Philippine Navy the ship was
transferred to the Philippine Government through the foreign military sales (FMS). Named
BRP YAKAL (ARL-517) the vessel was commissioned on 21 June, 1983 and placed under the
Naval Forces on 1 August, 1983. Later the bow number was changed from ARL-517 to ARL-617
and finally to AD-617. Her first Commanding Officer was CDR Victor Salazar, PN. She
started her tour in the southern Philippines under the Commander Naval Forces Philippines
on 2 November, 1983. Aside from mobile repairs rendered to the units of NAVFORSOUTH
she had performed other missions. Notably, the Barrier/Negation patrol along the
Philippine-Malaysian border during the Maldanas incident in October 1985, the sealift of
Filipino repatriates from Indonesia to the Philippines in February 1986, the support
mission for President Corazon C. Aquino's visit to Jolo, and lately, the transport of 600
Boy Scouts from General Santos City during the BSP National Jamboree, 11-17 November,
1988, in Zamboanga City. Other missions include transport of personnel, anti-smuggling
negation patrols, and as a logistic ship for small craft..