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HMS Eastway (F-130)


LSD-9 was transferred to the United Kingdom and named HMS Eastway (F-130). After returning to US custody in 1946 LSD-9 was transferred to Greece in 1953 and renamed HNS Nafkratoussa (L153)
Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Authorized under the Lend-Lease Act as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-1
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-9, 1 July 1942
  • Contract awarded for LSD-9 to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 10 September 1942
  • LSD-9 was laid down, 23 November 1942 as HMS Battle Axe
  • Launched, 21 May 1943
  • LSD-9 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Name changed to HMS Eastway in August 1943
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 14 September 1943, under the Lend Lease Program
  • Delivered, 14 November 1943
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Eastway (F-130)
    HMS Eastway arrived in Portland on 15 June 1944, departed the Solent on 19 June making for JUNO where
    she arrived the same day... sailed in Convoy ETM13.
  • Returned to US custody, 23 April 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred (loaned) to Greece in 1953 and commissioned into the Greek Navy as HNS Nafkratoussa (L153)
  • Purchased by Greece, date unknown
  • Replaced in 1972 by ex-USS Fort Mandan (LSD 21)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, scrapped circa 1972
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence, 7 April 1944)
    Displacement 4,032 (light draft), 7,930 (seagoing - loaded)
    Length 457' 9" o.a.
    Beam 72"
    Draft
    8' 2 ½" fwd, 10' ½" aft (light draft)
    15' 5 ½" fwd, 16' 2" aft (seagoing loaded)
    Speed 17 kts (design speed)
    Endurance 8,000 miles @ 15 knots
    Complement
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 237
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 218
    Well Deck Capacity (varies with mission)
    three LCT (Mk V or VI) each w/ 5 medium tanks or
    two LCT (Mk III or IV) each w/ 12 medium tanks or
    fourteen LCM (Mk III) each w/ 1 medium tank or 1, 500 long tons cargo or
    forty-seven DUKW or
    forty-one LVT or
    Any combination of landing vehicles and landing craft up to capacity
    Armament
    one single 3"/.50 cal dual purpose mount in open tub
    sixteen single 20mm AA gun mounts (local control)
    (note: above armament was outfitted prior to transfer)
    four two-Pound Pom-Pom (barrel count per mount - unknown)
    (note: above armament was outfitted after transfer)
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 11,720 Bbls
    Diesel 160 Bbls
    Gasoline 5,085 Gals
    Propulsion
    two Skinner Uniflow 5-cylinder reciprocating steam engines
    two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 7,400shp

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    HMS Eastway (F-130)
    LSD-9 214k HMS Eastway (F-130) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA,, 21 May 1943.
    US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Ships and Craft," by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 43k HMS Eastway (F-130) at Hampton Roads, VA., 3 November 1943. The Library of Virginia U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic Collection
    LSD-9 57k HMS Eastway (F-130) anchored off Greenock, Scotland, 21 November 21, 1943.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Beadell, S.J. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 20413)
    Mike Green
    LSD-9 79k An unidentified Motor Fishing Vessel (MFV) minesweeper being towed into the dock of HMS Eastway (F-130), 17 July1944. Additional MFVs will be towed into the dock and positioned for transport.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Coote, R.G.G. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (A 24812)
    Mike Green
    LSD-9 90k HMS Eastway (F-130) preparing to load an unidentified Landing Ship Rocket LC(R) at Newcastle on Tyne, 3 December 1944.
    Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Zimmerman, E.A. (Lt), Photo No. IWM (26828)
    Mike Green
    LSD-9 67k Stern view of HMS Eastway (F-130) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Imperial War Museum photo # A20411 from "Royal Navy Handbook, 1939-1945", by David Wragg
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 370k HMS Eastway (F-130) looking aft along the well-dock showing eight M.F.V.s (Motor Fishing Vessels), being transported.
    Imperial War Museum photo from ""Warships of World War II", by H.T. Lenton and J.J. College.
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 59k HMS Eastway (F-130) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Imperial War Museum Ministry Of Defense Foxhill Collection Of Ship's Photographs, Photo No. IWM (FL 25017)
    Mike Green
    HNS Nafkratoussa (L153)
    LSD-9 28k HNS Nafkratoussa (L153) at anchor dressed overall in flags circa 1956, location unknown. (RHN Official).
    Photo from "Janes's Fighting Ships 1956-57"
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 29k HNS Nafkratoussa (L153) underway, circa 1967, location unknown. Nafkratoussa was the headquarters ship for the Greek Landing Ships Command. Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 79k HNS Nafkratoussa (L153) at anchor in 1963, location unknown,
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 61k HNS Nafkratoussa (L153) entering Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, circa 1960. Photo A. & J. Pavia from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition. Robert Hurst
    LSD-9 100k HNS Nafkratoussa (L153) entering Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, circa 1970. Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo. Robert Hurst

    BAPM-1 / LSD-9 / HMS Battle Axe / HMS Eastway (F-130)
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