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LST-321 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship
Laid down, 10 August 1942, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
Launched, 5 November 1942
LST-321 never saw active service with the United States Navy
Transferred to the United Kingdom, 31 December 1942 under terms of the Lend Lease Act
Royal Navy History
Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-321, 31 December 1942
HM LST-321 sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, 8 April 1943, in convoy SC 126 and arrived at Liverpool, England, 23 April 1943
HM LST-321 sailed from Scotland in convoy KMS 18A for the Mediterranean
HM LST-321 participated in the following campaigns:
West Coast of Italy operations-1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings
Invasion of Normandy
Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury. Ostend and Antwerp
Hit a mine, 29 November 1944
Repaired at Antwerp
HM LST-321 was reassigned to the Pacific Theater and participated in the Invasion of Malaya
Paid off and returned to US Navy custody, 14 April 1946, at Subic Bay, Philippines
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
Final Disposition, sold, 5 November 1947, to Bosey, Philippines, 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 w/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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||LSTs land invasion supplies on "Omaha" Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 "D-Day" assault.
LSTs on the beach include from (right to left):
USS LST-51? last digit not visible)
USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships. Photo was released for publication, 23 October 1944
US National Archives photo # 80-G-46817 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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