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USS LST-50 (1943 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Charlie - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - (Normandy 1944) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Transferred to Norway and named KNM Ellida (A534), later transferred to Greece and renamed HNS Sakipis (A329)
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 29 August 1943, at Dravo Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.
Launched, 16 October 1943
Commissioned USS LST-50, 27 November 1943, LT. C. A. Sullivan, USNR, in command
During World War II USS LST-50 was first assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August and 25 September 1944
While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-50 came under the command of:
LST Flotilla Thirty-Six, CAPT. R. F. J. Shea, USN (23);
LST Group One Hundred Seven CDR. L. F. Teuscher, USN (23);
LST Division Two Hundred Thirteen
Following World War II USS LST-50 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 29 October 1945 to 6 February 1946
Decommissioned, 6 February 1946, assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q046
Returned to US Navy control and struck from the Naval Register, 8 September 1952
Redesignated Battle Damage Repair Ship ARB-13, 14 November 1952
Transferred to Norway and named KNM Ellida (A534)
Returned to US custody, 1 July 1960
Transferred to Greece, 16 September 1960, and renamed HNS Sakipis (A329)
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS LST-50 earned three battle stars for World War II service
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 2 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
Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun mounts
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
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| USS LST-50
||Ex-LST-50, (ex-SCAJAP Q-046) after conversion to ARB-13 for the Norwegian Navy at Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, date unknown.
| KNM Ellida (A534)
||Ex-ARB-13 in Norwegian service as KNM Ellida (A534) underway, circa 1954, location unknown.
|HNS Sakipis (A329)
||Ex-ARB-13 ex-KNM Ellida (A-534) in Greek service as HNS Sakipis (A329) moored pierside in 1962, location unknown.
Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo from the "1966-67 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships."
||HNS Sakipis (A329) underway in 1969, location unknown.
Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo
USS LST-50 / ARB-13
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
|01||LT. Sullivan, C. A., USNR||27 November 1943 - September 1945|
|02||LTjg. Cummings Jr., T. H., USNR||September 1945 - 6 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 9 January 2015
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