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HM LST-238


LST-238 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 March 1943, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 13 June 1943
  • LST-238 saw no active service with the United States Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 16 July 1943
  • Royal Navy History
    Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-238, 16 July 1943
    Sailed from Norfolk, VA., 16 August 1943, as a part of 9th Flotilla bound for the invasion of the Andaman Islands, but which was subsequently canceled
    HM LST-238 was subsequently assigned to the European Theater and participated in the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944
    Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
    Also in the relief of Norway
    Paid off at Norfolk, VA., 12 February 1946
    Returned to US Navy custody, 13 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 March 1948, to Ships and Power Equipment Corp., Barber, N.J.
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 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)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    9 officers
    120 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    14 officers
    131 enlisted
    Boats 6 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 12pdr anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six single 20mm gun mounts
    four Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Propulsion
    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-238 63k HM LST-238 entering St Peter Port Harbour, Guernsey, during Operation "Nestegg", the occupation of the Channel Islands. Robert Hurst

    LST-238
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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