USS LST-473, coming alongside while underway in the Southwest Pacific, date unknown.
|Ordered:||as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 993|
|Builder:||Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington|
|Laid down:||10 July 1942|
|Launched:||9 December 1942|
|Commissioned:||16 March 1943|
|Decommissioned:||18 March 1946|
|Struck:||17 April 1946|
|5 × battle stars|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 21 April 1948|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||LST-1-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m) oa|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Speed:||12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Range:||24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)|
|Boats & landing |
|2 x LCVPs|
|Capacity:||1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission|
|Troops:||16 officers, 147 enlisted men|
|Complement:||13 officers, 104 enlisted men|
|Part of:||LST Flotilla 7|
USS LST-473 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. As with many of her class, the ship was never named. Instead, she was referred to by her hull designation.
LST-473 was laid down on 10 July 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 993, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched 9 December 1942; and commissioned on 16 March 1943, Lieutenant Rowland W. Dillard, USN, in command.
During World War II, LST-473 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the Lae occupation in September 1943; the Leyte operation in October 1944; the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945; the Zambales-Subic Bay operation in January 1945; and the Mindanao Island landings in March 1945.
LST-473 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 18 March 1946. She was struck from the Navy list on 17 April, that same year. On 21 April 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York City, and subsequently scrapped.
Honors and awards
- "LST-473". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- "USS LST-473". Navsource.org. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
- Photo gallery of USS LST-473 at NavSource Naval History