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HM LST-160

LST-160 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 21 July 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 30 November 1942
  • Commissioned, USS LST-160, 18 February 1943, for transit down the Mississippi River
  • Decommissioned, 4 March 1943
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 6 March 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-160, 10 March 1943
  • Sailed from New York in convoy USG 8A, 14 May 1943
  • During World War II HM LST-160 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    *Salerno landings, September 1943
    *Invasions of Reggio, September 1943
    Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • (*Involvement in Sicily and Anzio uncertain)
  • Operated in shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Prepared for Far East service at Antwerp in March-April 1945
  • Participated in Malayan operations according to MacDermott, Ships Without Names
  • Repatriated Australian troops to Brisbane
  • Paid off, 4 May 1946, at Subic Bay, P.I.
  • Returned to United States Navak custody, 1 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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 - US Varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    two - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    four - Single 40MM gun mounts
    twelve single 20MM gun mounts
    Armament - UK Lend Lease built vessels were to be outfitted with armament after convoying across Atlantic and included
    one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six - 20MM single gun mounts
    four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    twin rudders

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    III-SC 182816, Box 187
    1560k HM LST-160 and USS LST-392 beached on the beach side of the breakwater at Termini-Imerese, Sicily, 13 September 1943 while loading reinforcements for the American 5th Army during the Salerno landing campaign.
    US National Archives photos # III-SC 182816, Box 187 and III-SC 182819, Box 187, US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    III-SC 182819, Box 187
    LST-160/419 102k HM LST-160 (inboard) and HM LST-419 (outboard) moored pierside at Brisbane, Australia, 15 November 1945. These were the first two LSTs of the 12th Flotilla into Brisbane. Robert Hurst

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