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HM LST-165

LST-165 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 September 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 2 February 1943
  • Commissioned, 3 April 1943
  • Decommissioned, 6 April 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy under terms of the Lend-Lease Act
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-163, 7 April 1943
  • Sailed from New York, N.Y., in convoy UGS 8A, 14 May 1943
  • HM LST-165 participated in the relief of Norway
  • Returned to US Navy custody at New York, 20 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    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
    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 (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
    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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    LST-165 1010k HM LST-165 and USS LST-208 high and dry in the background as British troops work to removed several disabled tanks at the Normandy beachhead, circa June 1944. Dale Osborne for his father Albert John Osborne HM-165
    LST-165 166k HM LST-165 unloading German Prisoner of War at Gosport, England. Between 12 June 1944 and 31 August 1944 LST-165 transported 1,986 German Prisoners of War from Normandy to Gosport.
    Photo from CFJIC (Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre).
    Ed Storey and Dale Osborne for his father Albert John Osborne HM-165
    LST-165 56k HM LST-165 in convoy in the North Sea. The convoy is forming into a single column before arriving at Ostend, Belgium, 18 December 1945. Robert Hurst
    LST-165 11k HM LST-165 in the English Channel, 18 December 1945, enroute from Dover, England to Ostend Belgium transporting the troops and equipment of the Belgium Fifth Infantry Brigade. The Brigade trained in Armagh County, Northern Ireland. Claude Dardenne

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