USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154)

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USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154)
USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154) at Souda Bay, Crete in 1958.
Career
Name: USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154)
Namesake: Tallahatchie County, Mississippi
Builder: Boston Navy Yard
Laid down: 4 August 1945
Launched: 19 July 1946
Commissioned: 19 July 1946
Decommissioned: 15 June 1970
Struck: 15 June 1970
Fate: Sold for scrapping
General characteristics
Class & type: Talbot County-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 6,000 long tons (6,096 t) (full)
Length: 383 ft (117 m)
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Draft: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)
Propulsion:

forward engine room:

after engine room:

Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two LCVPs (LST)
Troops: 197 officers and enlisted men (LST)
Complement:
  • 272 officers and enlisted men (LST)
  • 190 officers and enlisted men (AVB)
Armament:
  • 2 × single 5"/38 caliber gun mounts
  • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
  • 2 × 20 mm gun mounts
This article is about the tank landing ship. A fictitious Cold War submarine tender named USS Tallahatchie County appears in the 1986 novel To Kill the Potemkin by Mark Joseph.

USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154) was the second of only two Talbot County-class tank landing ships (LSTs) built for the United States Navy just after World War II. Named after Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, she was the only U.S. Navy vessel to bear the name.

Construction[edit]

LST-1154 was laid down on 4 August 1945 at the Boston Navy Yard; launched on 19 July 1946; sponsored by Mrs. Wilder D. Baker; and commissioned on 24 May 1949 with Commander Courtland T. Babcock in command.

History[edit]

From her commissioning until 1962, LST-1154 alternated assignments for the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet along the east coast of the United States with assignment to the 6th Fleet during periodic deployments to the Mediterranean. She was redesignated USS Tallahatchie County (LST-1154) on 1 July 1955. She was decommissioned at Charleston (SC) Naval Shipyard in 1960 in preparation for conversion to AVB-2.

On 3 February 1962 her conversion was completed to an Advance Aviation Base Ship (one of two ships of the steam-powered LST-1153-class) and redesignated USS Tallahatchie County (AVB-2.) Her aft superstructure was extended forward and her forecastle built up; electronic antennas and a heavy king post were mounted amidships. As an AVB, Tallahatchie County was designed to provide command and logistic facilities to a squadron of P-2 Neptune or P-3 Orion antisubmarine patrol planes operating from an improvised land base in Souda Bay, Crete. Squadron equipment was carried in mobile vans, transported in Tallahatchie County's tank deck, and landed over her bow ramp.

For the remainder of her career, Tallahatchie County provided support to aviation units in the Mediterranean. She was decommissioned on 3 January 1970 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 July 1970. Tallahatchie County was sold for scrapping to Contieri Navali Santa Maria of Genoa, Italy in July 1970.

References[edit]

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

See also[edit]

USS Tallahatchie County (AVB-2) with the USS Scorpion (SSN-589) alongside, outside Claywall Harbor, Naples, Italy in April 1968, shortly before Scorpion departed on her last voyage. This is believed to be one of the last photographs taken of Scorpion.