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LST-316 moored bow-to-stern with an unidentified LST
Name: USS LST-316
Builder: New York Navy Yard
Laid down: 15 October 1942
Launched: 28 January 1943
Commissioned: 3 February 1943
Decommissioned: 24 May 1945
Struck: 12 March 1946
Fate: Sold to merchant service, 23 December 1946
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-1 class tank landing ship
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
  • Unloaded :
  • 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) bow
  • 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) stern
  • Loaded :
  • 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) bow
  • 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) stern
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Troops: 14 officers, 131 enlisted men
Complement: 9 officers, 120 enlisted men
Service record
Awards: 3 battle stars

USS LST-316 was one of 390 tank landing ships (LSTs) built for the United States Navy during World War II.

LST-316 was laid down on 15 October 1942 at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York; launched on 28 January 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Pearl Magdalene Frick; and commissioned on 3 February 1943.

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-316 was assigned to the European theater and participated in the Sicilian occupation (July 1943), Salerno landings (September 1943), and Invasion of Normandy (June 1944).

Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 24 May 1945 for conversion to landing craft repair ship USS Cerberus (ARL-43) at New York Navy Yard. The conversion was canceled 12 September 1945 and the ship reverted to LST-316; she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 12 March 1946. On 23 December 1946 she was sold to James Hughes, Inc. of New York, New York for conversion to merchant service.

LST-316 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

LST-316, LST-60, and LST-535 beached at Normandy, June 1944.


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

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