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LST-159


LST-159 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 19 July 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 21 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-159, 13 February 1943
  • LST-159 saw active service with the United States Navy
  • Decommissioned, 3 March 1943 and transferred to the United Kingdom
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-159, 4 March 1943
  • Sailed from New York in convoy UGS 9, 28 May 1943
  • During World War II HM LST-159 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns
    Sicilian occupation, July 1943
    Anzio advanced landings, January to March 1944
    Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Selected for conversion to LSE(LC)-54, but conversion canceled
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 23 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for conversion to merchant service, 27 April 1948, to Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA
    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.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (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
    Complement
    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
    Armament
    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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    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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