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  • USS Aristaeus (ARB-1) was one of 12 battle damage repair ships built for the United States Navy during World War II. The lead ship in her class, she was named for Aristaeus, the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. Originally laid down as LST-329 on 12 November 1942 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard; reclassified USS Aristaeus ARB-1 on 25 January 1943; launched on 1 February 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Arthur Taylor; converted at Fairfield, Maryland by the Maryland Drydock Company for service as a battle damage repair ship; and commissioned on 18 May 1943, with Lieutenant Ralph M. G. Swany, Jr., in command.

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