USS Lavaca (APA-180)
USS Lavaca (APA-180)
|Launched:||24 November 1944|
|Commissioned:||17 December 1944|
|Decommissioned:||31 January 1947|
|Length:||455 feet (139 m)|
|Beam:||62 feet (19 m)|
|Draft:||24 feet (7.3 m)|
|Propulsion:||Oil Fired Steam Turbine
|Boats and landing
|Complement:||56 Officers, 480 Enlisted|
|Armament:||1 5"/38 gun
1 40 mm quad mount
4 40 mm twin mounts
10 20 mm single mounts
World War II service
Lavaca was launched 27 November 1944 by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oregon, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Charles Harper, Jr.; acquired by the Navy 17 December 1944 and commissioned the same day, Capt. Walter S. Gabel, USNR, in command.
Lavaca arrived Pearl Harbor 25 February. Leaving 8 March, she transported Seabees to the Philippines, arriving Samar 27 March. From 27 March to 2 August Lavaca shuttled troops and equipment between the Admiralty and Philippine Islands.
On 27 August following Japan's capitulation, Lavaca joined TF 33.1 at Luzon, prepared for the occupation of Japan, and arrived Yokohama 2 September. The attack transport shuttled passengers from Pearl Harbor and San Francisco to Sasebo, Japan, 7 September 1945 to 6 July 1946. In October 1945, she carried passengers from Shanghai, China to San Francisco.
She was struck from the Navy List 1 October 1958 following transfer to the Maritime Administration and placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet at Wilmington, North Carolina, in September. In October 1964 Lavaca was moved to the James River, Virginia. In late 1982 she was defueled. In 1986, and again in 1990, she was withdrawn from James River for stripping. Ex-Lavaca was sold for $125,244 to Global Marketing Systems, Inc. for scrapping on 14 October 1992. At 1030 EST, on 17 November 1992 she was withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and sent to the breaker's yard.
- "RESERVE FLEET - SHIP PARTICULARS - Lavaca (card 2)". Retrieved 2006-10-25.
- "RECORD OF SHIP SALES - LAVACA". Retrieved 2006-10-25.
- "RESERVE FLEET - SHIP PARTICULARS - LAVACA (card 1)". Retrieved 2006-10-25.