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LST-303 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 3 July 1942, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
Launched, 21 September 1942
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 21 November 1942
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-303, 14 November 1942
Sailed from New York, 27 November 1943 as part of 1st Flotilla for Mediterranean duty via Bermuda
During World War II HM LST-303 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
West Coast of Italy operations-1944, - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
Participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944 (MacDermott, Ships Without Names)
Took part in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
Various repairs in Thames and Antwerp
Allocated to 12th Flotilla for service in the Pacific
In the Pacific HM LST-303 participated in the
Invasion of Malaya
Sailed to Australia and Japan
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 May 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, date unknown
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 - US Varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
two - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
four - Single 40MM gun mounts
twelve single 20MM gun mounts
Armament - UK Lend Lease built vessels were to be outfitted with armament after convoying across Atlantic and included
one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
six - 20MM single gun mounts
four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) 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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||HM LST-302, HM LST-303 and USS LST-349 at Nisida, Italy, while loading or unloading equipment, date unknown.
||HM LST-303 moored at Morotai, Borneo, 27 October 1945. Australian troops scheduled to go to Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force arrive in Morotai from Balikpapan. Troops line the rail prior to disembarkation. Units involved included, Headquarters 34 Brigade, 28th Field Company, 121 Transport Platoon, 20th Field Ambulance, and 65th Battalion.
||Australian War Memorial
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