Australian landing ship medium Clive Steele (AV 1356)

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Career (United States)
Name: USS LSM-547
Builder: Brown Shipbuilding Company, Houston, Texas
Commissioned: 25 January 1946
Decommissioned: 5 July 1955
Fate: sold to Australia
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Name: Clive Steele (AV 1356)
Namesake: Major General Sir Clive Steele
Acquired: 26 January 1960
Decommissioned: 30 September 1971
Fate: sold to commercial interests, abandoned in Mekong Delta after rocket attack on 6 July 1973
General characteristics
Class & type: LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium
Displacement: 638 tons
Length: 203 ft (62 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 6 ft (1.8 m) light, 5 ft (1.5 m) loaded
Propulsion: two Fairbanks Morse 18 cylinder opposed piston diesels, each 1,900 hp (1,400 kW), twin screws
Speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h)
Range: 5,000 nm
Capacity: Up to 306 tons, including four Centurion tanks
Complement: 2 officers, 25 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar
Armament: 1 x 40mm gun, 4 x 20mm gun mounts
Armour: 10-lb. STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning station

The Australian landing ship medium Clive Steele (AV 1356) was a United States Navy landing ship medium which was later sold to Australia and operated by the Australian Army.

The ship was built by the Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, Texas and was commissioned into the United States Navy (USN) as USS LSM-547 on 25 January 1946. She was decommissioned on 11 March 1947 and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Recommissioned on 22 September 1950 and served during the Korean War between 1951 and 1953. She was decommissioned on 5 July 1955 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet.

The ship was purchased by the Australian Army on 26 January 1960 and was named Clive Steele (AV 1356) in honour of the Australian World War II general Clive Steele. The ship was one of four LSMs operated by the newly formed 32nd Small Ship Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers. From 1960 to 1970 she performed routine duties in support of the Australian Army, and carried equipment between ports in Australia, New Guinea, Malaysia and New Zealand.

The ship was deployed to Vung Tau in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War where she operated in South Vietnamese waters. Clive Steele was decommissioned on 30 September 1971 when the 32nd Small Ship Squadron was disbanded. She was sold to Pacific Logistics.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Gillett, Ross. "Australia's Medium Landing Ships. The Galloping Green Ghosts". Australian Warship Review (9/2001).