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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.
    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
    7 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 4 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
    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
    twin rudders

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    LST-12 78k HM LST-12 beached at Barletta, Italy, July 1944. Robert Hurst
    LST-12 95k HM LST-12 beached at Vis, Yugoslavia, October 1944. Robert Hurst
    LST-12 71k HM LST-12 underway in rough seas while enroute to Piraeus, Greece, Christmas Day 1944. Robert Hurst

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