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LST-425 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 16 November 1942, at Bethlehem Fairfield Co., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 12 December 1942
LST-425 saw no active service with the US Navy
Transferred to the Royal Navy, 10 February 1943 under terms of the Lend Lease Program and Commissioned HM LST-425 the same day
HM LST-425 saw service in the Mediterranean Theater during World War II
Returned to US Navy custody, 30 August 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
Final Disposition, sold, 8 October 1947, 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 /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-425 loading trucks and troops of the 45th Division, 4 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings, second wave, on 9 September 1943. USS LCI(L)-235 is moored to the left of HM LST-425.
US National Archives photo # III-SC 181096, Box 181, a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||From left to right HM LST-425 loading trucks and troops while LCIs
USS LCI(L)-220 and an unidentified LCI load troops of the 45th Division, 4 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings, second wave, on 9 September 1943.
US National Archives photos # III-SC 181098, Box 181, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||HM LST-425 loading trucks and troops of the 45th Division, 14 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings
US National Archives photos # III-SC 182838, Box 187, a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||Members of 1st Polish Armoured Division holding a church service on board HM LST-425 while crossing the English Channel over to Normandy, June 1944. The division's troops played a key role in preventing German forces escaping encirclement in the Falaise pocket on 19-21 August 1944.
Photo taken by LT. Trevor Wilson, RNVR via Martin Wilson. Photos and text scanned from "D-Day In Photographs by Portsmouth City Council", The History Press. ISBN 978 7524 7479 3.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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