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LST-12 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 16 August 1942, at Dravo Corp., Neville Island, PA.
Launched, 7 December 1942
LST-12 never saw active service with the US Navy
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 25 March 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-12, 26 March 1943
Sailed from New York in convoy UGS8A, 14 May 1943, for the Mediterranean via Bermuda, broke down enroute
During World War II HM LST-12 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns
Sicilian occupation, July and August 1943
Invasions of Reggio, September 1943
Salerno landings, September 1943
Invasion of southern France, August and September 1944
HM LST-12 was the only British LST(2) to take part in this operation
Struck a mine, 13 November 1943, between the Salerno landings and the invasion of southern France, but made Ferryville (now known as Menzel Bourguiba) Tunisia under her own power
Operated between Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece from September 1944 to January 1945
At Antwerp for refit between August and October 1945
Paid off at New York, 5 January 1946
Returned to US Naval custody, 5 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
Final Disposition: sold for scrapping, 11 September 1947, to Washburn Wire Co., Philipsdale, R.I.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 4 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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
1 - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
6 - 20MM mounts
4 - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
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
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||HM LST-12 beached at Barletta, Italy, July 1944.
||HM LST-12 beached at Vis, Yugoslavia, October 1944.
||HM LST-12 underway in rough seas while enroute to Piraeus, Greece, Christmas Day 1944.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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