USS Clarke County (LST-601)
USS Clarke County (LST-601), underway off
the coast of South Vietnam, c. 1967.
|Career (United States)|
|Builder:||Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, Seneca, Illinois|
|Laid down:||21 October 1943|
|Launched:||4 March 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Celia Counter Finch|
|Commissioned:||25 March 1944|
|Renamed:||USS Clarke County (LST-601), 1 July 1955|
|Namesake:||counties in Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, and Virginia|
|Decommissioned:||23 November 1955|
|Recommissioned:||28 July 1966|
|One battle star for World War II service
Six campaign stars and two Meritorious Unit Commendations for Vietnam War service
|Fate:||Sold to Indonesian Navy, c. 1979|
|Name:||KRI Teluk Saleh (510)|
|Status:||placed in reserve, c. 1995–98|
|Class & type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||1,780 tons standard, 3,640 tons full load|
|Length:||328 ft (99.97 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15.24 m)|
|Draught:||Bow 2'-4", stern 7'-6" (unloaded)
bow 8'-2", stern 14'-1" (unloaded)
|Depth:||8' fwd; 14'-4" aft (full load)|
|Propulsion:||Two General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
|Troops:||140 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted men|
|Armament:||One single 3"/50 gun mount, eight 40mm guns, twelve 20mm guns|
The USS Clarke County (LST-601), originally USS LST-601, was a United States Navy LST-542-class tank landing ship built during World War II and in commission from 1944 to 1955 and again in the late 1960s. Named after Clarke County, Alabama; Clarke County, Georgia; Clarke County, Iowa; Clarke County, Mississippi; and Clarke County, Virginia, she was the only U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name.
Construction and commissioning
USS LST-601 was laid down on 21 October 1943 at Seneca, Illinois, by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company. She was launched on 4 March 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Celia Counter Finch, and commissioned on 25 March 1944 with a Lieutenant Ledbetter in command.
First period in commission, 1944-1955
During World War II, LST-601 was assigned to the European Theater of Operations and participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. At the close of World War II, LST-601 remained in active service in Amphibious Force, United States Atlantic Fleet.
LST-601 was renamed USS Clarke County (LST-601) on 1 July 1955. She was decommissioned on 23 November 1955.
Second period in commissiong, late 1960s
Clarke County was recommissioned on 28 July 1966 and performed service in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970. In November 1967 she was damaged during operations near Duc Pho, South Vietnam, and required the salvage efforts of fleet tugs USS Abnaki (ATF-96) and USS Ute (ATF-76) and rescue and salvage ship USS Bolster (ARS-38) USS Mars (AFS-1). Clarke County was refloated on 1 December 1967.
Awards and honors
Transfer to Indonesia
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- "LST-601 Clarke County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 27 May 2007.