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HM LST-214

LST-214 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 December 1942, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 22 June 1943
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy, 24 July 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-214, 13 July 1943
  • Sailed from Norfolk, VA.,16 August 1943
    HM LST-214 participated in the following campaigns:
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944--Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings (struck by shell on 29 January 1944)
    Invasion of Normandy
    Relief of Norway
  • Assigned to the 9th LST Flotilla bound for the invasion of the Andman Islands, which was subsequently canceled
  • Served in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Norfolk, VA., 26 January 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 March 1947 to N. Block Co., Norfolk, VA.
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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-214 86k HM LST-214 underway from Norfolk, VA. the the United Kingdom in August 1943, with an LCT as deck cargo. Russ Padden
    LST-214 10k HM LST-214 in the harbor at Ostend, Belgium, 18 December 1945. LST-214 participated in the transporting of the Fifth Belgium Brigade from Dover, England to Ostend. Claude Dardenne

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