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HMS Oceanway (F-143)

Transferred to the United Kingdom, named HMS Oceanway (F-143)
Loaned to Greece, in 1945, renamed HS Okeanos
Loaned to France in 1952, renamed TCD Foudre (A646)

Casa Grande Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Authorized under the Lend-Lease Act as British Mechanized Artillery Transport BAPM-4
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Dock LSD-12, 1 July 1942
  • Contract awarded for LSD-12 to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 10 September 1942
  • LSD-12 was laid down, 23 July 1943, as HMS Dagger at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News VA.
  • Launched, 29 December 1943
  • LSD-12 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Royal Navy Service
    Transferred to the United Kingdom, 29 March 1944
    Commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Oceanway (F-143)
    HMS Oceanway departed Portland Harbour at 0610 hours, 6 June 1944 arriving at OMAHA BEACH at
    1530 hours the same day to off-load 20 landing craft, each craft loaded with one tank. Oceanway sailed for
    Normandy as part of Follow-up Convoy B2. She departed Omaha at 2200 hours returning to Portland where she
    arrived at 0705 on the morning of 7 June 1944
    Reassigned to the Far East in 1945
    Returned to the United Kingdom in December 1946
  • Loaned to Greece in March 1947, renamed HS Okeanos
  • Returned to US custody 1952
  • Loaned to France in 1952, for use in Indochina, renamed TCD Foudre (A646)
  • Reassigned NATO side number L9020
  • Returned to the U.S. Navy custody, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Sardinia, 10 February 1970
    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"
    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
    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
    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
    two Newport News Shipbuilding steam turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox oil fired D-type boilers, two drum, single furnace, single uptake, 250psi
    Ship's Service Generators
    two trubo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 7,400shp

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    HMS Oceanway (F-143)
    132k HMS Oceanway (F-143) underway in the vicinity of Norfolk, VA., in April 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224579
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224581 and
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-224583
    from the US Navy photo collection at NARA II, College Park, MD. Photos taken by an aircraft assigned to NAS Norfolk, VA.
    Tracy White
    LSD-12 74k HMS Oceanway (F-143) arriviang at Toulon from Okéanos, Greece in 1952. Photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Caption Michel Jamais
    TCD Foudre (A646) (L9020)
    LSD-12 27k TCD Foudre (A646) at anchor, date and location unknown.  
    LSD-12 39k TCD Foudre (A646) at anchor, date and location unknown.  
    LSD-12 625k TCD Foudre (A646) moored on the Saigon River, French Indochina in 1955. Georges Demichelis
    LSD-12 54k TCD Foudre (A646) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo by R.M. Scott. from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1959-60".
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-12 58k TCD Foudre (A646) underway in 1959, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy R.M. Scott.
    Robert Hurst
    LSD-12 66k TCD Foudre(L9020) with RFS LSIL9033 (ex-USS LCI(L)-699 loaded in her well deck while enroute from Haiphong to Saigon, French Indochina in December 1954. Georges Demichelis
    LST-973 78k LST Golo and TCD Foudre (A646) underway off the coast of Oran-Mers el Kebir, Algéria, 14 June 1959. Official French Navy photo. André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LSD-12 45k TCD Foudre (L9020), circa 1968, location unknown.  
    LSD-12 41k TCD Foudre (L9020), at anchor, date and location unknown. Jean-Christophe Rouxel
    LSD-12 26k TCD Foudre (L9020) views on board while underway and at anchor, date and location unknown. André Pilon RFS Golo, Courtesy Claude Vernon FCD Foudre
    LSD-12 29k
    LSD-12 33k
    LSD-12 27k TCD Foudre (A646) sailors cap. André Pilon RFS Golo, Courtesy Claude Vernon FCD Foudre

    BAPM-4 / LSD-12 / HMS Dagger / HMS Oceanway (F-143)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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