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HM LST-402 (1942 - 1944)
LST-402 (1942)

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 August 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Fairfield Yard., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 9 October 1942
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-402, 9 December 1942
  • HM LST-402 sailed from New York as part of the 1st flotilla Mediterranean, via Bermuda 27th Jan 1943
  • HM LST-402 participated in Invasion of Sicily, Salerno landings, Anzio and Normandy
  • Converted to LSE-53 at the Wallsend-On-Tyne slipway, for the 65th Maintenance Mobile Unit
  • Assigned to the Far East in the summer of 1945
  • Decommissioned by the Royal Navy and returned to US Navy custody, 24 September 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
  • Final Disposition, subsequently sold for scrap, and dismantled at Gibraltar
    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'
    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
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 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 - 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
    Fuel Capacity
    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
    twin rudders

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    LST-402 65k HM LSE-53 at anchor in Valletta harbor, Malta Bob Porter
    LST-402 683k HM LSE-53 at anchor with a fresh coat of paint, date and location unknown Bob Porter
    LST-402 230k HM LSE-53 crew photo taken at Valletta, Malta, circa 1944 Bob Porter
    LST-402 292k HM LSE-53 crew celebrating crossing the "line" Equator, February 1945 Bob Porter
    LST-402 44k HM LSE-53 crew celebrating crossing the "line" Equator, February 1946 Allan Willcox
    LST-402 60k
    LST-402 78k
    LST-402 31k HM LSE-53 in drydocked at Singapore, June 1946. Allan Willcox

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