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LST-406 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 1 September 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Fairfield Yard., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 28 October 1942
LST-406 never saw active service with the US Navy
Delivered to the United Kingdom, 26 December 1942
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-406, 26 December 1942
HM LST-406 sailed for Europe in convoy SC 125 in
company with USS LST-336 and HM LST-319 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, 31 March 1943, arriving at Liverpool, England, 14 April 1944
participated in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Normandy ope3rations (MacDermott Ships Without Names)
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 11 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947, to Bosey, Philippines
Reported to be in commercial service, as late as 1978, as Chung 116 under the flag of the Peoples Republic of China, fate 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-406 with other landing craft during the passage to Normandy, 6 June 1944. Photo taken by unknown photographer of No. 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Photo No. B 5160. From the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Part of War Office Second World War Official Collection.
||HM LST-406 beached at Normandy in June 1944.
||LST-383 web site
||HM LST-406 beached at Normandy with bow doors open and ramp down disembarking Crusader AA Mk III tank, 'Allahkeef' of 22nd Armoured Brigade HQ, 7th Armoured Division ashore at Normandy, France, 7 June 1944.
Photo by Sgt Laing of No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Photo No. B 5129 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.
||HM LST-406 and HM LST-301 unloading while beached at Gold Beach, Normandy, June 1944.
||William Fraser USS LST-208
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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