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LST-9 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 August 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
  • Launched, 14 November 1942
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 19 March 1943
  • Royal Navy History
    Commissioned into the Royal Navy HM LST-9, 20 March 1943
    Sailed from New York for the Mediterranean in convoy UGS8A, 14 May 1943
    Took part in invasions of Sicily, Reggio, Vibo Valentia, Anzio, Normandy and Malaya
    Performed a regular ferry service across the Messina Straits
    Noted as having made 57 crossings
    At Leith, Scotland for refit 11 April to 3 June 1944
    Sailed from Leith in time for D-Day
    Operated on the shuttle service to Normandy
    Repairs carried out at various times at Thames, Portsmouth and Southampton from June 1944 to February 1945
    Collided with a jetty at Tilbury Docks, 25 January 1945
    At Antwerp for minor defects in April 1945, and was refitted there from May to June
    Paid off Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 May 1946
    Returned to US Naval custody, 1 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 September 1948
  • Final Disposition: sold, 5 September 1948, to Bosey, Philippines
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament - US Varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    two - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    four - Single 40MM gun mounts
    twelve single 20MM gun mounts
    Armament - UK Lend Lease built vessels were to be outfitted with armament after convoying across Atlantic and included
    one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six - 20MM single gun mounts
    four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-9 26k HM LST-9 beached at Labuan Island, Northwest Borneo, 1 November 1945. Members of the 2/17th Battalion disembarking from HM LST-9 into DUKWS which carried them to their new camp on Labuan. The battalion had been withdrawn from Seria. Australian War Memorial

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