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USS LST-566 (1944 - 1952)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LST-566 was transferred to the Philippines and named BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 March 1944, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 11 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-566, 29 May 1944, LT. R. L. Daniels, USNR, in command
  • During World War II LST-566 was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater (convoy HXM 301) and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS LST-566 came under the command of:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Five, CAPT. D. H. Johnston USN (22);
    LST Group One Hundred Four, CDR. D. Stubbs USN (25);
    LST Division Two Hundred Seven
  • Following World War II USS LST-566 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 September 1945 to 11 March 19468 September 1945 to 11 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 11 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 31 March 1952, placed in service as USNS T-LST-566
  • Loaned by MSTS, date unknown, to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP), redesignated Q094
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1973
  • Transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, 13 September 1976, and named BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504)
  • Hulk abandoned and aground in the Kalayaan Islands (Spratly Islands) as reported in 2007
  • Final Disposition, dismantled at Palawan, Philippine Islands
    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 (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun 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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    BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504)
    LST-566 194k Ex-LST-566 in Republic of the Philippines service as BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504), circa January 1988, unloading coffins belonging to victims of the Sulpicio Lines' ferry Dona Paz, which sank, 20 December 1987 after a collision with the tanker MT Vector. Lanao del Norte was most likely used in the Search and Recovery effort to store bodies that were recovered by fishermen or navy divers. Matteo Reich
    LST-566 52k BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) under way, date and location unknown. Zak Yuson
    LST-566 62k BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) in port, date and location unknown. Zak Yuson
    LST-566 88k BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) moored at Keppel Batangas Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Republic of the Philippines, 28 May 2000. Edison Sy
    LST-566 77k Philippine troops disembark from BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504), location unknown, November 2002.  
    LST-566 48k BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) beached, location unknown, November 2002.  

    For more photos and information about USS LST-566, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • You Tube - "White sand beach in Spratlys" a video showing BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) grounded and abandoned in the Spratly Islands, 2009

  • Commanding Officers
    01LT. Daniels, R. L., USNR29 May 1944 - August 1945
    02LT. Focht, J. R., USNRAugust 1945 - December 1945
    03LTjg. Gray, A. E., USNDecember 1945 - 11 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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