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LST-162 was transferred to the United Kingdom in 1943 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, 3 February 1943
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 22 March 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-162, 25 March 1943
Sailed from New York in convoy USG 8A, 14 May 1943
During World War II HM LST-162 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Sicilian occupation, July 1943
Salerno landings, September 1943
Invasions of Reggio, September 1943
Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
Also Relief of Norway
Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Refitted for Far East service at Belfast, Northern in 1945
Transferred to US Naval custody, 1 February 1945, at Greenock, Scotland
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 October 1947, to Luria Brothers and Co., Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
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 (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
12 single 20MM gun 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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||HM LST-162 and USS LST-175 plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading Canadian-built Ram Mk 11 AOP (Armoured Observation Post) vehicles during a rehearsal for the Normandy landings, date and location unknown. The Mk 11 AOP vehicle was used by Canadian Army SPG batteries equipped with the Sexton 25-Pdr self-propelled gun,
||HM LST-162 and USS LST-175 plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading Canadian light armor during a rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy, date and location unknown.
||HM LST-364 and HM LST-162 plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading during a rehearsal for the Normandy landings, date and place unknown.
||HM LST-162 ready for Far East service after her 1945 refit at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 21 March 2008
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