USS Dukes County (LST-735)
|Builder:||Dravo Corporation, Neville Island, Pittsburgh|
|Laid down:||30 January 1944|
|Launched:||11 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||26 April 1944|
|Recommissioned:||3 November 1950|
|Renamed:||USS Dukes County (LST-735), 1 July 1955|
|Struck:||1 November 1974|
|Fate:||Leased to the Republic of China, May 1957|
|Struck:||1 November 1974|
|Fate:||Sold to the Republic of China, 1974|
|Republic of China|
|Name:||ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219)|
|Renamed:||ROCS Kao Hsiung (AGC-1, later LCC-1), 1968|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Troops:||Approximately 140 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted men|
USS Dukes County (LST-735) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after Dukes County, Massachusetts, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.
LST-735 was laid down on 30 January 1944 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Dravo Corporation of Neville Island; launched on 11 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. G. W. Fearnside; and commissioned on 26 April 1944 at New Orleans, Louisiana with Lieutenant Theodore F. Aldous in command.
During World War II, LST-735 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: capture and occupation of Saipan (August 1944); Lingayen Gulf landing (January 1945); Zambales-Subic Bay (January 1945); and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (March through June 1945).
LST-735 was decommissioned in March 1946 and reactivated on 3 November 1950 when she performed service during the Korean War and after with Commander Mine Forces, Pacific. Assigned as a minesweeper support ship in July 1951, she made a Korean War deployment in 1952-53 and had additional Western Pacific tours in 1953-54 and 1955-56.
Renamed USS Dukes County (LST-735) 1 July 1955, the ship was subsequently decommissioned (date unknown) and leased to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in May 1957 and again renamed Chung Hai (LST-219). She was outfitted in January 1962 as an amphibious command ship and renamed Kao Hsiung (AGC-1, later LCC-1). Struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 November 1974, she was sold to Taiwan.
Kao Hsiung later underwent refurbishment along with the rest of the ROCN's fleet of tank landing ships and is still serving with the ROC Navy and was visited in March 2012 by Fleet Master Chief John Minyard of Pacific Fleet Command. He reported that she is in outstanding condition and is battle ready. In 2016 She was selected to host as Mark 41 Vertical Launching System test bed for Taiwan.
LST-735 earned four battle stars for World War II service and three for Korean service.
- Blackman, Raymond V. B., ed. Jane's Fighting Ships 1972–1973. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973. p. 313.
- "LST-735". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- "LST-735 Dukes County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
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