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LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 5 August 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
Launched, 23 November 1942
Transferred to the United Kingdom 3 March 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-62, 4 March 1943, at New Orleans, LA.
During World War II HM LST-62 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Returned to US Navy custody, 10 June 1946, at New York
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 May 1948, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
Converted to carry rolling stock for the Normandy invasion
Paid off at Falmouth UK in early 1946
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Occupation of Sicily, 10 July 1943
||Anzio advanced landings, January to March 1944
|Invasion of Reggio, September 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
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)
Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
7 officers, 104 enlisted
16 officers, 147 enlisted
Boats 1 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
Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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||HM LST-62 and HM LST-405 beached, 3 September 1943 (Invasion Day) at Reggio Italy, while unloading vehicles.
||Charles W. Pates
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Last Updated 10 October 2008
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