USS Chittenden County (LST-561)
Forward port quarter view of USS Chittenden County (LST-561) in the Mare Island channel, 9 April 1957. Chittenden County was under repair at Mare Island from 31 January to 9 April
|Name:||USS LST-561, later USS Chittenden County|
|Namesake:||Chittenden County, Vermont|
|Builder:||Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||24 February 1944|
|Launched:||25 April 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Miss Marie Meier|
|Commissioned:||15 May 1944|
|Decommissioned:||30 April 1946|
|Recommissioned:||18 September 1950|
|Decommissioned:||2 June 1958|
|Renamed:||USS Chittenden County (LST-561), 1 July 1955|
|Struck:||27 June 1958|
|1 battle star for World War II
2 battle stars for the Korean War
|Fate:||Sunk as a target, 21 October 1958|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
4,080 long tons (4,145 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
|3 × LCVPs
1 × LCPL
|Troops:||16 officers, 147 enlisted men|
|Complement:||7 officers, 104 enlisted men|
|Armament:||• 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors
• 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
• 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts
USS Chittenden County (LST-561), originally USS LST-561, was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Later named for Chittenden County, Vermont, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.
LST-561 was laid down on 24 February 1944 at Evansville, Indiana by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company; launched on 25 April 1944. sponsored by Miss Marie Meier; and commissioned on 15 May 1944.
Due to the outbreak of the Korean War, the ship was recommissioned on 18 September 1950 and assigned to Commander, Amphibious Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. She participated in the United Nations effort in Korea and performed services in the Far East, the Arctic, and off the United States West Coast. On 1 July 1955 she was redesignated USS Chittenden County (LST-561). The tank landing ship was decommissioned again on 2 June 1958.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- "LST-561". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
- "LST-561 Chittenden County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
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