HMAS Lae (L3035)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other ships of the same name, see HMAS Lae.
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: LST 3035
Builder: William Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland
Launched: 24 October 1944
Fate: Transferred to the Royal Australian Navy, 1 July 1946
Career (Australia) Royal Australian Navy Ensign
Name: Lae
Namesake: Lae, New Guinea
Acquired: 1 July 1946
Commissioned: 15 July 1946
Fate: Ran aground on South Percy Island and abandoned, 3 November 1956
General characteristics
Type: Mark III Landing Ship, Tank
Displacement: 2,300 long tons (2,337 t)
Length: 347 ft (106 m)
Beam: 55 ft 3 in (16.84 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)
Complement: 104
Armament: 10 × 20 mm (0.79 in) anti-aircraft guns

HMAS Lae (L3035) was a Landing Ship, Tank which was operated by the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy (RAN). She was built by William Denny and Brothers at Dumbarton, Scotland during World War II and was launched on 24 October 1944.

She served with the Royal Navy as HMS LST 3035 until 1 July 1946 when she was transferred to the RAN and commissioned as HMAS Lae. She saw almost no service with the RAN, however, as she was placed in reserve later in 1946 and was not reactivated.

HMAS Lae was sold for scrapping in Hong Kong on 9 November 1955. Lae and the former HMAS Labuan left Sydney under tow for Hong Kong on 28 October 1956 carrying a load of scrap metal. On 3 November Lae ran aground on South Percy Island off the coast of Queensland and was abandoned after an attempt to recover her cargo failed.

References[edit]

  • Gillett, Ross (1988). Australian & New Zealand warships since 1946. Sydney: Child & Associates. p. 234. ISBN 0-86777-219-0. 
  • Gillett, Ross; Graham, Colin and Macdougall, Anthony (1977). Warships of Australia. Adelaide: Rigby. p. 35. ISBN 0-7270-0472-7.