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USS Arthur L. Bristol

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USS Arthur L. Bristol (APD-97), ex-DE-281, was a United States Navy high-speed transport in commission from 1945 to 1946. Construction and commissioning Arthur L. Bristol was laid down as the Rudderow-class destroyer escort USS Arthur L. Bristol (DE-281) on 1 December 1943 by the Charleston Navy Yard, and was launched on 19 February 1944, sponsored by Miss Ellen Wing Getty, who had been chosen for this honor by the brother of the ships namesake, the late Vice Admiral Arthur L. Bristol. The ship was reclassified as a Crosley-class high-speed transport and redesignated APD-97 on 17 July 1944. After conversion to her new role, she was commissioned on 25 June 1945. Service history After fitting out, Arthur L. Bristol proceeded to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where she carried out shakedown training from 13 July 1945 to 7 August 1945. After a brief post-shakedown shipyard availability at Norfolk, Virginia—during which World War II came to an end on 15 August 1945—she arrive
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