LST-491 at Plymouth, England, with a calculated list in preparation for launching LCT-554, after completing the North Atlantic crossing
|Builder:||Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||29 July 1943|
|Launched:||23 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||3 December 1943|
|Decommissioned:||12 January 1946|
|Struck:||13 September 1976|
|3 battle stars (World War II)|
|Fate:||Sold to the Philippines, 13 September 1976|
|Name:||BRP Lanao del Sur (LT-503)|
|Commissioned:||13 September 1976|
|Fate:||Converted to commercial barge after 1988|
|Class and type:||LST-491-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats & landing
|Troops:||Approximately 130 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 89-100 enlisted men|
LST-491 was laid down on 29 July 1943 at Evansville, Indiana by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Company; launched on 23 September 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Barton Cook; and commissioned on 3 December 1943.
During World War II, LST-491 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the Invasion of Normandy in June, 1944 and the invasion of southern France in August and September 1944. She was then assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and took part in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in May and June 1945.
Following the war, LST-491 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. The tank landing ship returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 12 January 1946. She was loaned to the Japanese government on 31 March 1952 and operated under the Shipping Control Authority, Japan.
LST-491 earned three battle stars for World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- "LST-491". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 6 April 2007.
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