USS LST-1064

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Nansemond.
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JS Shiretoko (LST-4003)
United States
Name: USS LST-1064
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)
Acquired: April 1961
Fate: Returned to the United States, 1975
Name: RPS Samar Del Norte (LT-510)
Acquired: 24 September 1976
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
  • 3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
Length: 232 ft 8 in (70.92 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
  • 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines
  • 2 × shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 266

USS LST-1064 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship of the United States Navy. She was later named Nansemond County (LST-1064), but never saw active service under that name.

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.

USS LST-1064[edit]

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)[edit]

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)[edit]

The ship was next transferred to the Philippines on 24 September 1976, and served in the Philippine Navy as RPS Samar Del Norte (LT-510), after the province of Northern Samar.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entries can be found here and here.

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