Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

HM LST-162

LST-162 was transferred to the United Kingdom in 1943 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 July 1942, at Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co., Evansville, IN.
  • Launched, 3 February 1943
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 22 March 1943
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-162, 25 March 1943
  • Sailed from New York in convoy USG 8A, 14 May 1943
  • During World War II HM LST-162 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation, July 1943
    Salerno landings, September 1943
    Invasions of Reggio, September 1943
    Invasion of Normandy, June 1944
  • Also Relief of Norway
  • Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp
  • Refitted for Far East service at Belfast, Northern in 1945
  • Transferred to US Naval custody, 1 February 1945, at Greenock, Scotland
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 October 1947, to Luria Brothers and Co., Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    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

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    LST-162 116k HM LST-162 and USS LST-175 plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading Canadian-built Ram Mk 11 AOP (Armoured Observation Post) vehicles during a rehearsal for the Normandy landings, date and location unknown. The Mk 11 AOP vehicle was used by Canadian Army SPG batteries equipped with the Sexton 25-Pdr self-propelled gun, Ed Storey
    LST-162 78k HM LST-162 and USS LST-175 plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading Canadian light armor during a rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy, date and location unknown. Ed Storey
    LST-364 43k HM LST-364 and HM LST-162 plus a number of unidentified landing craft beached while unloading during a rehearsal for the Normandy landings, date and place unknown. Ed Storey
    LST-162 76k HM LST-162 ready for Far East service after her 1945 refit at Belfast, Northern Ireland. Robert Hurst

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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
    Back to the Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Tank Landing Ship (LST) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created by David W. Almond and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 21 March 2008