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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.
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-65 in the background on the beach at Vibo Valentia, Italy following "Operation Ferdy", 8 September 1943.
||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)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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