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LST-368 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Type 2 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 13 October 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
Launched, 24 November 1942
LST-368 never saw active service in the US Navy
Delivered to the Royal Navy, 4 January 1943
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-368, 4 January 1943
Sailed from New York for the Mediterranean in convoy UGS6A, 19 March 1943
HM LST-368 participated in the following campaigns:
West Coast of Italy operations-1944--Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
Invasion of Normandy
Operated between France and southern ports of England after the invasion
Sailed to India in 1945 and took part in the invasion of Malaya
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody at Subic Bay, Philippines, 16 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, destroyed, 16 June 1948
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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||South African troops of 1991 Swaziland Smoke Company wait to board HM LST-368 and other landing ships at Castellammare
before sailing for Anzio. The unit was responsible for creating smokescreens over the invasion area.
Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection by No. 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Radford (Sgt), Photo No.© IWM (NA 11380)
||An Albion lorry and Sexton 25 pdr self-propelled gun come ashore from HM LST-368, at Anzio in January, 1944. Note the DUKW
moored alongside the jetty.
Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection by Radford (Sgt) of the No. 2 Army Film and Photographic Unit,
Photo No.© IWM(NA 11392)
|Photo Tommy Trampp
Caption Mike Green
||HM LST-368 to starboard of HM LST
-365 landing equipment and material at Normandy, June 1944.
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