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LST-322 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II and to Greece during the post-war period
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 10 August 1942, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 5 November 1942
  • LST-322 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the Royal Navy under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, 9 January 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-322, 9 January 1943
  • HM LST-322 sailed from New York for the Mediterranean in convoy UGS 8, 28 April 1943
  • Broke a crankshaft enroute, repaired in Bermuda
  • HM LST-322 participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation
    Salerno landings
    West Coast of Italy operations-1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
    Invasion of Normandy
  • Fitted with rails for the carriage of rolling stock
  • Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Paid off into Care and Maintenance, 29 January 1945
  • Returned to US Navy custody at Bremerhaven, Germany, 2 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
  • Final disposition, sold to the government of Greece, 6 January 1947, 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'
    (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
    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
    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-322 92k LST-322 with unidentified LCT on her deck circa 1943
    US Navy photo (Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II")
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret

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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS) web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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