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USS Raritan (LSM-540)
USS LSM-540 (1945 - 1959)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:
Laid down, 10 May 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Corp, Houston, TX.
Launched in August 1945
Commissioned USS LSM-540, 6 December 1945, LT. Roy T. Rector USNR in command
Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
Recommissioned, 4 November 1957
Named USS Raritan (LSM-540), 14 October 1959
Decommissioned, 1 December 1959, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
Sold in the summer 1961 to the Norwegian Company LL Vestlandet Kraftsamband, arriving Norway, in the middle of August at Ålesund, north western Norway
where she served in building of power lines, and transporting heavy items to trackless places, building span across fjords etc.
Re-sold in 1963 to Norges Vassdrags- og elektrisitetsvesen (NVE), and in use to 1967
Re-sold in 1969 to a British Company
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 520 t.(light), 743 t. (landing) 1,095 t.(fully loaded)
Length 203' 6" (ovl)
Beam 34' 6"
light, 3' 6" forward, 7' 8" aft
fully loaded, 6' 4" forward, 8' 3" aft
Speed 13.2 kts. (max.), (928 tons displacement)
one twin 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
Diesel 1,225 Bbls
Armor 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station
Endurance 4,900 miles @ 12kts.(928 tons displacement)
two General Motors (model GM 16-278A, reversible with hydraulic clutch) Diesel engines, direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers, 2,800shp
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||USS LSM-540 and USS LSM-538 moored at Annex 2, Little Creek, VA. early-February 1946.
||Raymond A. Biswanger, Jr., Ph.D. LT. USN Ret. Commanding Officer USS LSM-538 January-May 1946
||19 LSMs at Green Cove Springs, FL., date unknown. Ships present and identifiable are:
USS LSM-543 and
USS LSM-542 and
Third Row- ?, ?,
USS LSM-555 and
|Al Edwards USS LSM-343 to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
| USS Raritan (LSM-540)
||USS Raritan (LSM-540) under way off Hampton Roads, VA. date unknown.
Photo by Atlantic Fleet Sales Co. ©Warship Photo Graphs, Norfolk, VA.
|USS LSM / LSMR Association
||Ex-USS Raritan in service as MS Vestkraft for the Norwegian Company LL Vestlanske Kraftsamband, beached in Esefjorden Fjord, a branch of Sognefjorden in October 1963.
Source: Fossekallen 4/1963 (Company Magazine for Det norske vassdrags og elektrisitetsvesen (NVE)
USS LSM 540 / USS Raritan (LSM-540)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Rector Roy T. USNR||12 June 1945 - 15 May 1946|
|02||LT. McGirr, John L. USNR||15 May 1946 - 10 November 1946|
|03||LTjg. Pobuda, Louis F.||10 November 1946 - 15 March 1947|
|04||LT. DeBay, Charles||15 March 1947 - 29 May 1947|
| ||Decommissioned||29 May 1947 - 4 November 1957|
|06||LT. Kearns Jr., William Anselm USN :RADM||August 1958|
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