USS Caroline County (LST-525)
USS Caroline County (LST-525) in 1967
|Name:||USS LST-525, later USS Caroline County|
|Namesake:||Caroline County, Maryland, and Caroline County, Virginia|
|Builder:||Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||18 October 1943|
|Launched:||20 December 1943|
|Commissioned:||14 February 1944|
|Decommissioned:||25 June 1946|
|Decommissioned:||15 September 1954|
|Renamed:||USS Caroline County (LST-525), 1 July 1955|
|Struck:||15 September 1974|
|2 battle stars (World War II)
4 battle stars (Vietnam)
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping|
|Class and type:||LST-491-class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||1,780 long tons (1,809 t) light
3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats and landing
|Troops:||Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 89-100 enlisted men|
|Armament:||• 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns
USS Caroline County (LST-525) was an LST-491-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named for counties in Maryland and Virginia, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.
LST-525 was laid down on 18 October 1943 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company; launched on 20 December 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Anna Mae Federspiel; and commissioned on 14 February 1944 with Ensign James R. Stevens in command.
During World War II, LST-525 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following operations: Convoy UGS-36 (April 1944) and the invasion of southern France (August and September 1944). Following the war, LST-525 was decommissioned on 25 June 1946.
She was recommissioned in October, 1950 and performed services for the Amphibious Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, until decommissioned on 15 September 1954. On 1 July 1955 she was named USS Caroline County (LST-525).
Again reactivated in mid-1965, Caroline County provided support and resupply for riverine forces in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. Decommissioned in early 1970 at Orange, Texas she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 September 1974. Caroline County was sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) 1 August 1975.
- "LST-525". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
- "LST-525 Caroline County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
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