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HM LST-406

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 1943
    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
    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-406 73k 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. Robert Hurst
    LST-406 22k HM LST-406 beached at Normandy in June 1944. LST-383 web site
    LST-406 68k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    LST-301 67k HM LST-406 and HM LST-301 unloading while beached at Gold Beach, Normandy, June 1944. William Fraser USS LST-208

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