USN Retired Landing Ships

Landing Ship Tank (LST)

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Newport Class LOA 522′ TDISP 8,500 tons (20, 12 to other navies – most now retired, remaining USN units retired)

DN-SN-90-00384

USS Newport LST-1179, 1987 NARA: 330-CFD-DN-SN-90-00384

USS Cayuga LST-1186 (1970-1994) transferred to Brazil as Mattoso Maia G-28 (still in service as of 2019)Newport LST Brazil 2018Newport LST Phila 2019Newport LST Hawaii 2004

LST MK.2 Class LOA 328′ TDISP 3,800 tons (ca. 1000 built over 3 sub-classes) dubbed by their crews and service personnel “Large Slow Targets”

LST-1 sub-class

ex-USS LST-230 (1943 – 1946) participated in Normandy landings, transferred to Shipping Control Authority, Japan in 1952. Transferred to Philippine Navy 1976 as BRP Laguna (LS-501) and still active as of 2019

Philippine LST Cavite City 2010

Of these two LSTs, the top vessel is a LST Mk. 2 of the LST-1 subclass (based on the elevator to the tank deck near the bows) and so should be the BRP Laguna,the sole of its type in Philippine Navy service. The lower vessel is an LST-542 subclass, has the vehicle ramp down to the tank deck. This feature allowed LSTs to unload loads of lorries off the upper deck faster. Both vessels have their bow doors open.

USS LST-325 LST-1 class Landing Ship, Tank (1943-1961) transferred to Greece 1964 as RHS Syros (L-144), decommissioned 1999. Museum ship Evansville IN

USS LST-325 Evansville IN 2014

USS LST-325 exhibits the features of an LST-1 sub-class including the distinctive elevator to the tank deck in the bows (with a truck on it). The ship’s bow doors are open, and there is a landing craft, an LCM, on the dock next to the ship’s bridge.

LST 357 NHHC USA C-708

USS LST-357 loading in preparation for D-Day landings, 1944 NARA: USA C-708 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS-393 (1942 – 1947) Sold 1948 as ferry to span Lake Michigan to Milwaukee to the Highway 16 and was named Highway 16. Preserved after 2000 as Museum ship Muskegon MIUSS LST-393 Muskegon 2017

US LST 80-G-K-2239

USS LST-942 80-G-K-2239 Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command

USS LST-480 (1943 – 1944) burned during the West Loch Disaster, an explosion of ammunition near Pearl Harbor 21 May 1944 that sunk 6 LSTs, and damaged others, and claimed the lives of 163 sailors.

USS LST-480 wreck HW 2015

The bows of LST-480 are still visible, with the bow doors missing.

LST-491 sub-class LOA 328′ TDISP 3,600 tons

LST-510 USS Buncombe County (1944 – 1958), extensively modified for commercial service as a car ferry. Currently ferry MV Cape Henlopen between Orient Long Island, NY and New London Connecticut.USS LST-510 Orient LI 2016.jpg

LST-542 sub-classLST type 542 Sangley pt. 2010ex-USS Harnett County LST-821 (1944 – 1970) transferred to South Vietnam (1970 – 1976) RVNS My Tho then transferred to Philippine Navy as BRP Sierra Madre, still in commission but used as a stationary outpost permanently grounded on a shoal in the South China Sea in 1999, as a result of a territorial dispute with China over Spratly Islands.BRP Sierra Madre south China Sea 2018

USS LST-849, (1945 – 1958) transferred to South Korea as ROKS Wi Bong (LST-676) 1958 served to 2006. Museum ship Jinpo Maritime Park in GunsanUSS LST 849 Gunsan Korea 2016

ex-LST-938 (1944 – 1956) postwar named USS Maricopa County transferred to South Vietnam as  RVNS Da Nang HQ-501(1962 – 1975) captured April 1975 and commissioned into North Vietnamese Navy as Tran Khanh Du HQ-501, (1975 – present) AND ex-LST-603 (1944 – 1969) – Operation Dragoon, Southern France landings. Postwar named USS Coconino County transferred to South Vietnam as RVNS Vung Tau HQ-503 (1969 – 1975) captured 1975 and commissioned into North Vietnamese Navy, currently a training ship, name unknown.

LST Ho Chi Minh City 2019

Some photographs suggest HQ-503 is outboard. The smaller vessel is a Soviet Russian built Polnocny-B landing ship.

ex-USS LST-1008 (1944 – 1946) subsequent history unclear, was preserved as a museum ship at Qingdao, Shandong, China, but appears to have been disposed of around 2007USS LST-1008 Qingdao 2004

Landing Craft Support Ships

Landing Craft Support (Large) MK.3 LOA 158′ TDISP 250 tons. About 130 built for USN, 1 preserved

NHHC LCS(L)19-N-73633 (1)

Camouflage scheme in 3 shades of green for a LCS (large) dated 1944. Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command: 19-N-73633 original at NARA Bureau of Ships Collection

USS LCS(L) 102 (1945 – 1949) active during Battle of Okinawa. Transferred to Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force as JDS Himawari (1953 – 1965) then to Royal Thai Navy as HTMS Nakha (1966 – 2007) returned to US and currently restored by Landing Craft Support Museum, Mare Island CAUSS LCS-102 Mare Island 2018

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