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USS LST-860


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - November - Tango
NINT
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LST-860 was transferred to France and named MV I. G. Pouyanne later RFS Adour (L9007)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship
  • Laid down, 23 September 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 19 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS LST-860, 13 January 1945, LT F. J. Leonard USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-860 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty -Two, CAPT. D.J. Sweeny;
    LST Group Ninety-Four, CDR. E. Roughton USN;
    LST Division One Hundred Eighty-Seven and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 May to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 1 June 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Sold for operation, 19 March 1948, to Mechanical Equipment Export Co.
  • Resold to France, reflagged French, named MV I. G. Pouyanne assigned to the French Navy and placed in commercial service
  • Commissioned into the Republic of France Navy as RFS Adour (L9007), circa 1948
  • Damaged by explosion and beached at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951
  • Repaired and returned to service circa 1955
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    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'
    Draft
    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
    Complement
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    I. G. Pouyanne
    LST-860 246k Ex-USS LST-860 in French naval service operating as the unarmed merchant vessel MV Pouyanne at Saigon, French Indochina, circa 1948-49.  
    LST-860 54k MV Pouyanne moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Jean Leconte, Q/M bossman RFS Adour.
    André Pilon quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-860 139k MV Pouyanne crew photo, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Jean Leconte, Q/M bossman RFS Adour.
    André Pilon quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-860 123k MV Pouyanne under way in Along Bay, French-Indochina, circa 1848 passing near le Chandelier (candle stick) rock.
    Photo courtesy Jean Leconte, Q/M bossman RFS Adour.
    André Pilon quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-860 123k MV Pouyanne under way in Along Bay, French-Indochina, circa 1848.
    Photo courtesy Jean Leconte, Q/M bossman RFS Adour.
    André Pilon quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    RFS Adour (L9007)
    LST-860 34k RFS Adour (L9007) ships plaque. André Pilon quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-860 75k Ex-USS LST-860 in French naval service as RFS Adour (L9007) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo Marine National
    Robert Hurst
    LST-860 157k RFS Adour (L9007) alongside seaplane tender RFS Paul Goffeny (A754) during French Vietnam War. Adour exploded while at Nhatrang in 1950. André Pilon quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo
    LST-860 60k Quartermaster (carpenter) Remy Marie RFS Chélif standing on the beach in front of the remains of RFS Adour at Nhatrang in 1951, . Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Michel Marie for his father Quartermaster (carpenter) Remy Marie RFS Chélif
    LST-860 24k The remains of RFS Adour on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951 with the French Navy Patrol Vessel P733 alongside taking on fuel from the hulk. Adour exploded on the beach, 17 May 1951 with the loss of 24 sailors and 59 soldiers. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia P733.
    LST-860 84k The remains of RFS Adour on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in May 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy EV denis Martin RFS Chélif
    LST-860 34k The hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia GC4
    LST-860 41k French Patrol Craft P-33 alongside the hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia P-33
    LST-860 52k The hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia P-33
    LST-860 52k The hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia P-33
    LST-860 67k French Patrol Craft P-33 alongside the hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia P-33
    LST-860 46k The hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam in 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Adrien Beccia P-33
    LST-860 108k The hulk RFS Adour (L9007) on the beach at Nhatrang, Vietnam, circa 1951. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy Jean-Luc Didier. whose Uncle Robert Didier died in Vietnam, aboard LSSL-105, 14 February 1956.
    LST-860 116k
    LST-860 147k
    LST-860 93k The hulk of RFS Adour (L9007) at Nhatrang, Vietnam, circa 1951. André Pilon
    LST-860 45k
    LST-860 262k The hulk of RFS Adour (L9007) at Nhatrang, Vietnam, circa 1952.
    Photos by Denis Martin gunnery officer RFS Chélif (L9006)
    André Pilon
    LST-860 303k
    LST-860 318k
    LST-860 322k
    LST-860 406k
    LST-860 262k
    LST-860 298k
    LST-860 53k RFS Adour (L9007) underway at Saigon after having her bow replaced, date unknown.
    Photo Marine National
    Robert Hurst
    LST-860 79k RFS Adour (L9007) moored at Haïphong, Vietnam in 1955 after being pulled from the beach at Nhatrang and having her bow replaced. Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy René Collier Quartermaster (machinist)
    LST-860 90k RFS Adour (L9007) moored at Haïphong, Vietnam in 1955 Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy René Collier Quartermaster (machinist)
    LST-860 93k RFS Adour (L9007) moored at Saigon, Vietnam in 1955 Submitted by André Pilon Quartermaster (signalman) RFS Golo Courtesy René Collier Quartermaster (machinist)

    USS LST-860
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Robinson, Richard V., USNR13 January 1945 - 20 May 1945
    02LT. Leonard, Francis John, USN20 May 1945 - 1 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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