USS LST-1

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USS LST-1.jpg
LST-1 underway soon after completion c. December 1942 in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
History
Name: USS LST-1
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 20 July 1942
Launched: 7 September 1942
Commissioned: 14 December 1942
Decommissioned: 21 May 1946
Struck: 19 June 1946
Honours and
awards:
4 battle stars
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 5 December 1947
General characteristics
Type: Landing Ship, Tank (Mk.2)
Displacement:
  • 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)
Draft:
  • Unloaded:
  • Bow: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m)
  • Stern: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Loaded :
  • Bow: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
  • Stern: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Depth: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward, 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two or six LCVPs
Troops: 14-16 officers, 131-147 enlisted men
Complement: 7-9 officers, 104-120 enlisted men
Armament:
  • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors
  • 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
  • 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts

USS LST-1 was a tank landing ship (LST (2)) built for the United States Navy during World War II, the lead ship in her class of 390.

LST-1 was laid down on 20 July 1942 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Dravo Corporation; launched on 7 September 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Laurence T. Haugen; and commissioned on 14 December 1942 with Lieutenant W. L. Chessman in command.

During World War II, LST-1 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following operations: Allied invasion of Sicily (July 1943); Salerno Landings (September 1943); Anzio-Nettuno phase of operations on the west coast of Italy (January to March 1944); and the Invasion of Normandy (June 1944).

LST-1 was decommissioned on 21 May 1946 and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 19 June 1946. On 5 December 1947 she was sold to the Ships Power and Equipment Company of Barber, New Jersey for scrapping.

LST-1 earned four battle stars for World War II service.

References[edit]

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

  • "LST-1". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 1 April 2007. 
  • "LST-1". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 1 April 2007. 

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LST-1 (right) and LST-292 "high and dry" on the beach at Saint-Michel-en-Grève, on the north shore of the Brittany Peninsula, during supply operations in support of the campaign against German forces at Brest, France in September 1944. Taken by a SHAEF photographer.