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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
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 2 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
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
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
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III-SC 182816, Box 187
||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.
III-SC 182819, Box 187
||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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