USS LST-546

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History
United States
Name: USS LST-546
Builder: Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana
Laid down: 20 December 1943
Launched: 16 February 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. W. J. Barbrick
Commissioned: 27 March 1944
Decommissioned: Sometime between January 1946 and March 1952
Fate:
Notes: In non-commissioned service with Military Sea Transportation Service and Military Sealift Command as USNS LST-546 (T-LST-546) 31 March 1952-15 July 1972
Flag of the Philippines.svgPhilippines
Name: RPS Surigao Del Sur
Acquired:
  • Under lease (15 July 1972)
  • Purchased outright 1980
Decommissioned: 1988
Fate: Sold for Scrap
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class LST
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) light
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full seagoing draft with 1,675-ton load
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500-ton load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Propulsion: Two diesel engines, two shafts
Speed:
  • 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) (maximum)
  • 9 knots (17 km/h) (economical)
Range: 24,000 nautical miles (44,448 kilometerss) at 9 knots while displacing 3,960 tons
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600-1,900 tons cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 7 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:

USS LST-546 was a United States Navy LST-542-class tank landing ship in commission from 1944 to sometime between 1946 and 1952. From 1952 until 1972 she served in a non-commissioned status in the Military Sea Transportation Service and Military Sealift Command as USNS LST-546 (T-LST-546).

LST-546 was laid down on 20 December 1943 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron Co; launched on 16 February 1944; sponsored by Mrs. W. J. Barbrick; and commissioned on 27 March 1944, Lt. William D. Silkworth in command.

Occupation Duty[edit]

LST-546 saw no combat action in World War II. Following the war, LST-546 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until early January 1946.

Decommissioning[edit]

LST-546 was decommissioned sometime between 1946 and 31 March 1952, but the exact date awaits further research.

Service as USNS LST-546[edit]

On 31 March 1952, LST-546 was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service, later the Military Sealift Command, where she served in a non-commissioned status as USNS LST-546 until 15 July 1972.

Transfer to the Philippines[edit]

On 15 July 1972, LST-546 was taken out of service and transferred under lease to the Republic of the Philippines. The Philippines purchased her outright in 1980. In the Philippine Navy, she served as BRP Surigao del Sur. Her final disposition is unknown.

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