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USS LSM-490 (1945 - 1960)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
USS LSM-490 was transferred to Turkey and named TCG Meriç (N-102)
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 3 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX., 3 March 1945
Launched, 24 March 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-490, 28 April 1945, LTjg. William D. Kerwin, USNR in command
During World War II LSM-490 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 23 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 September 1952
Authorized for conversion in FY 1951 to a Coastal Mine Layer
Converted at Todd Shipyards, Hoboken, N.J., conversion begun, 6 February, 1952, completed, October 1952
Transferred, 6 October 1952, to Turkey as TCG Meriç (N-102)
Reclassified MMC-12, 1 October 1960, by the US Navy
Decommissioned by the Turkish Navy, 27 May 1988
Struck from the Turkish Navy list in 1988
Final Disposition, hulk cannibalized, fate unknown
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" oa
Beam 34' 6"
Draft light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft, fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
Complement 5 officers, 54 enlisted
Armament one single bow mounted 40mm gun, four single 20mm gun mounts
Vehicle/Boat Capacity 5 medium or 3 heavy tanks, or 6 LVT's, or 9 DUKW's
Troop Capacity 2 officers, 46 enlisted
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Propulsion two General Motors (non-reversible with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
MMC Specifications (modifications):
Displacement 1,110 t.(fl)
Draft 8' 3" (max.)
Speed 12 kts. (design)
Armament two twin 40mm gun mounts, two single 20mm gun mounts
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||USS LSM-490 underway, date and location unknown.
Photo Kennerly Grayson, USS LSM-490.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
| TCG Meriç (N-102)
||Ex-USS LSM-490 in Turkish naval service as TCG Meriç (N-102), 7 November 1952. Note; she is still carrying her LSM side number.
US Navy photo.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||TCG Meriç (N-102) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
||TCG Meriç (N-102) underway, date and location unknown.
The DANFS history for USS LSM-490 is based on an extract from LSM-LSMR Amphibious Forces, Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1997. (ISBN 1-56311-389-9)
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Last Updated 10 June 2011
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