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LST-302


LST-302 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 27 June 1942, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 15 September 1942
  • LST-302 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy, 10 November 1942
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-302, 14 November 1942
    Sailed from New York as part of 1st Flotilla, 27 January 1943 but had to return
    Sailed again, 23 February 1943 for the Mediterranean via Bermuda
    HM LST-302 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation, July-August 1943 (probably) West Coast of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings, February to March 1944
    Salerno landings, September 1943 Invasion of Normandy, June 1944

    Various repairs after the Invasion of Normandy at Leith, Southampton, Thames, Dundee and the Clyde
    Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at New York, 5 January 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 11 December 1947, to Northern Metals Co., Philadelphia, PA
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    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"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    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
    1 - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    6 - 20MM mounts
    4 - 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-302 79k HM LST-302, HM LST-303 and USS LST-349 at Nisida, Italy, while loading or unloading equipment, date unknown. Robert Hurst and Brian Keniry
    LST-302 125k HM LST-302 alongside the "Captain" - class frigates HMS Trollope (K-575) (center) and HMS Lawford (K-514) dockside, in Portsmouth Dockyard, 26 May 1944.
    Imperial War Museum photo #: 25517 from "The Captain Class Frigates in The Second World War," by Donald Collingwood.
    Robert Hurst

    LST-302
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    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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