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HM LST-321


LST-321 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 August 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 5 November 1942
  • LST-321 never saw active service with the United States Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 31 December 1942 under terms of the Lend Lease Act
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-321, 31 December 1942
  • HM LST-321 sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, 8 April 1943, in convoy SC 126 and arrived at Liverpool, England, 23 April 1943
  • HM LST-321 sailed from Scotland in convoy KMS 18A for the Mediterranean
  • HM LST-321 participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation
    Salerno landings
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
    Invasion of Normandy
  • Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury. Ostend and Antwerp
  • Hit a mine, 29 November 1944
  • Repaired at Antwerp
  • HM LST-321 was reassigned to the Pacific Theater and participated in the Invasion of Malaya
  • Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 14 April 1946, at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold, 5 November 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, fate unknown
    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
    7 officers, 104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers, 147 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
    1 - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    6 - 20MM mounts
    4 - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Propulsion two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
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    LST-49 370k LSTs land invasion supplies on "Omaha" Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 "D-Day" assault.
    LSTs on the beach include from (right to left):
    USS LST-312
    HM LST-320
    HM LST-321
    USS LST-72
    USS LST-51? last digit not visible)
    HM LST-324
    USS LST-311
    USS LST-49
    USS LST-373
    USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
    Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships. Photo was released for publication, 23 October 1944
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-46817 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49

    HM LST-321
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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