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LST-65 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 August 1942, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • LST-65 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred under terms of the Lend-lease Act to the United Kingdom
  • Royal Navy History
    Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-65, 18 March 1943
    Sailed from New York in Convoy UGS8A, 14 May 1943
    During War II HM LST-65 was assigned to theEurope-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation, July and August 1943
    Vibo Valentia, Italy landing, 8 September 1943
    Anzio advanced landings, January to March 1944
    Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
    Badly damaged during Operation 'Ferdy'
    Converted for the carriage of rolling stock, date unknown
    Assisted in the relief of Norway
    Reduced to Care & Maintenance, 18 July 1945
    Probably loaded with LCT(5)-2243 at Portsmouth for return to the US
    Paid off and transferred to US custody at New York, 5 January 1946
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 May 1948, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    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-65 93k HM LST-65 in the background on the beach at Vibo Valentia, Italy following "Operation Ferdy", 8 September 1943. Robert Hurst
    LST-65 59k HM LST-65 under way, date and location unknown.
    Imperial War Museum Ministry of Defense Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs, Photo No. IWM (FL 7223)
    Mike Green

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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