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LST-217 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 2 February 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
Launched, 13 July 1943
LST-217 never saw active service with the United States Navy
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 5 August 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-217, 7 August 1943
Sailed from Nova Scotia for Liverpool in convoy SC 143, 28 September 1943
Converted to Fighter Direction Tender at John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Shipyards, Clydebank, Scotland
Re-commissioned HM FDT-217, 13 February 1944
HM FDT-217 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 23 June 1944, providing aircraft control for US and British fighters in the eastern half of the assault area
Paid off 16 April 1946 and returned to US Navy custody
Returned to United States Navy custody, 12 February 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 December 1947, to James A. Hughes, New York, N.Y.
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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||Ex-LST-217 in Royal Navy Service as Fighter Direction Tender HM FDT-217 underway, date and location unknown.
||Courtesy Combined Operations web site
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
The USS LST Ship Memorial
Combined Operations - Fighter Direction Tenders
LST Home Port
State LST Chapters
United States LST Association
Last Updated 16 May 2014
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