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HM LST-180


USS LST-180 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 February 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 June 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy, 9 July 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-180, 9 July 1943
  • HM LST-180 participated in the Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Prepared for Far East at Liverpool, June to September 1945
  • Assigned to the 9th LST Flotilla for the Invasion of the Andaman Islands
  • Operation later canceled
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at New York, 17 December 1945 along with LCT-227 which was loaded aboard for the journey to New York
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for conversion to merchant service, 10 March 1948, to Ships and Power Equipment Co., Barber, N.J.
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 2,366 (beaching), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    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"
    (max. nav.) 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 officers
    106 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
    one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six - 20MM mounts
    four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Fuel Capacity 4,320 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    Falk single Main reduction gears
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw, 240V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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