JS Shiretoko (LST-4003)
|Builder:||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||9 January 1945|
|Launched:||14 February 1945|
|Commissioned:||12 March 1945|
|Decommissioned:||21 August 1946|
|Renamed:||USS Nansemond County (LST-1064), 1 July 1955|
|Namesake:||Nansemond County, Virginia|
|Struck:||1 October 1959|
|Fate:||transferred to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), April 1961|
|Acquired:||returned from JMSDF, 24 September 1976|
|Fate:||transferred to Philippine Navy, 24 September 1976|
|Name:||JDS Shiretoko (LST-4003)|
|Fate:||Returned to the United States, 1975|
|Name:||RPS Samar Del Norte (LT-510)|
|Acquired:||24 September 1976|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||232 ft 8 in (70.92 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
She was laid down on 9 January 1945 at the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts and was launched on 14 February 1945, called simply USS LST-1064. She was commissioned on 12 March 1945 by Lieutenant Leland H. Austin.
Following a shakedown in the Chesapeake Bay area, LST-1064 loaded a cargo of ammunition at NWS Earle, New Jersey, and sailed for the Pacific war front, reaching Ulithi on 23 June 1945. As the end of the war approached, LST Group 99 advanced its operations to the Philippines, and at Leyte LST-1064 transferred her cargo to fleet ships while loading new supplies and embarking units of an air service group destined to strengthen the occupation forces in Japan. Two voyages to Yokohama took place between 4 October and 19 November before arrival of orders to return home.
LST-1064 spent Christmas 1945 at Saipan; New Year's Day on the high seas, and before the end of January 1946, liberty in California. After one year of service, inactivation commenced at Astoria, Oregon, culminating on 21 August when LST-1064 was fully decommissioned and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group.
She was named Nansemond County on 1 July 1955 after Nansemond County, Virginia, then was slated for disposal on 17 September 1959.
JDS Shiretoko (LST-4003)
The ship was purchased by Japan in April 1961 under the terms of the Military Assistance Program and sailed as the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force's JDS Shiretoko (LST-4003). In 1975, she was returned to the United States.
RPS Samar Del Norte (LT-510)
- Photo gallery of USS LST-1064 at NavSource Naval History