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LST-161


USS LST-161 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 24 July 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS LST-161, 28 February 1943
  • Decommissioned, 14 March 1943
  • USS LST-161 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 15 March 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-161, 16 March 1943
  • Sailed from New York in convoy USG 8A, 14 May 1943
  • During World War II HM LST-161 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
  • Anzio advanced landings, January to March 1944
  • Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Also relief of Norway
  • Other operations uncertain
  • Converted for carriage of rolling stock
  • Refitted in the Clyde area for Far East service, July 1945, but was not subsequently required
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 5 January 1946, at New York
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 May 1948, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    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)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    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 12-567A, 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-161 1035k HM LST-161 lands US Army troops at Oslo Norway, 31 May 1945. They were a part of Task Force "A" which was sent as a police and military force in the demobilization and handling of 600,000 German soldiers in country when Germany surrendered.
    US Army Signal Corps photo # SC 207721, by SGT Ned Davey, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

    USS LST-161
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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