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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 1946||8 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
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 (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
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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| BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504)
||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.
||BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) under way, date and location unknown.
||BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) in port, date and location unknown.
||BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) moored at Keppel Batangas Shipyard, Bauan, Batangas Island, Republic of the Philippines, 28 May 2000.
||Philippine troops disembark from BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504), location unknown, November 2002.
||BRP Lanao Del Norte (LT-504) beached, location unknown, November 2002.
|01||LT. Daniels, R. L., USNR||29 May 1944 - August 1945
|02||LT. Focht, J. R., USNR||August 1945 - December 1945
|03||LTjg. Gray, A. E., USN||December 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
Last Updated 19 October 2018
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