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USS Solano County (LST-1128)
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USS LST-1128 (1945 - 1955)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Oscar - Bravo
NBOB
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)



USS Solano County (LST-1128) was transferred to Indonesia and named KRI Teluk Langsa (LST-868)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 November 1944, at Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 19 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS LST-1128, 9 March 1945, LT. R. B. Graham, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1128 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Three CAPT. C. A. Legg USN (24);
    LST Group Ninety-Eight LCDR. R. H. Meinges USNR;
    LST Division One Hundred Ninety-Five
  • Following World War II USS LST-1128 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 8 February 19462 September 1945 to 8 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1946
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Named Solano County (LST-1128), 1 July 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1958
  • Transferred to Indonesia, renamed KRI Teluk Langsa (LST-868) later (LST-501)
  • Placed in reserve in 1995-96
  • Disposed of by Indonesian Navy, 26 January 2011
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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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    KRI Teluk Langsa (LST-868) (LST-501)
    Solano County 90k Ex-USS Solano County (LST-1128) in Indonesian service as KRI Teluk Langsa (LST-868), circa 1961, location unknown Robert Hurst
    Solano County 125k KRI Teluk Langsa (LST-501) (ex-USS Solano County (LST-1128), at right and KRI Teluk Banten (LST-516) beached at Tjalang, Sumatra, Indonesia. 9 January 2005. The two ships and a US Navy Seahawk helicopter deliver relief supplies and evacuate Indonesian citizens at Tjalang. Helicopters assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) were supporting Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, at the time of this photo was operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand.
    US Navy photo # 050109-N-4166B-101 by PHAN Jordon R. Beesley.
    US Navy NewsStand

    USS LST-1128 / USS Solano County (LST-1128)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Graham, R. B., USNR9 March 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Porter, James C., USNRDecember 1945 - 20 March 1946
    03LTjg. Rule, John Franklin, USN20 March 1946 - 29 July 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
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    United States LST Association
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