USS Bingham (APA-225)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS Bingham (APA-225)
Builder: Permanente Metals
Laid down: 22 September 1944
Launched: 20 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs John V. Harrell
Acquired: 23 December 1944
Commissioned: 23 December 1944
Decommissioned: 17 June 1946
Struck: 3 July 1946
Honours and
awards:
One battle star for World War II
Fate: Scrapped, 1 September 1983
General characteristics
Class & type: Haskell-class attack transport
Tonnage: 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
Displacement: 6,720 tons (lt), 14,837 t. (fl)
Length: 455 ft
Beam: 62 ft
Draft: 24 ft
Propulsion: 1 x Westinghouse geared turbine, 2 x Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 1 x propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500
Speed: 17.5 knots
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCM, 12 x LCVP, 3 x LCPU
Capacity: 86 Officers 1,475 Enlisted
Crew: 56 Officers, 480 enlisted
Armament: 1 x 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose gun mount, 1 x quad 40mm gun mount, 4 x twin 40mm gun mounts, 10 x single 20mm gun mounts
Notes: MCV Hull No. 573, hull type VC2-S-AP5

USS Bingham (APA-225) was a Haskell-class attack transport that saw service with the US Navy in World War II.

Bingham was named after a county in Idaho. She was launched 20 November 1944 by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 1, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract, then transferred to the Navy 23 December 1944 and commissioned the same day, Captain L. F. Brown, USNR, in command.

Operational history[edit]

From 1 March to 22 September 1945 Bingham carried and cargo in the Marianas, with one voyage to Okinawa (20–30 June). She then shifted to Operation Magic Carpet runs, returning servicemen from the Philippines to San Francisco (25 September 1945-31 March 1946).

Decommission[edit]

Decommissioned 17 June 1946 at Norfolk, Virginia, Bingham was returned to the Maritime Commission the next day, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 3 July whereupon she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at James River, Fort Eustis.

On 1 January 1968, she was redesignated LPA-225. In May 1975, her title was transferred from the Navy to the Maritime Administration, which sold her for scrap on 1 September 1983. She was broken up in Spain c. 1983-84.

Decorations[edit]

Bingham received one battle star for her operations off Okinawa.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.