USS LST-557

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Career (United States)
Name: USS LST-557
Builder: Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company, Evansville, Indiana
Laid down: 8 February 1944
Launched: 11 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. Edward J. Baechle
Commissioned: 5 May 1944
Decommissioned: 29 May 1946
Struck: 12 March 1948
Honors and
awards:
Four battle stars for World War II
Fate: Transferred to Republic of China 29 May 1946
Notes: Served in Republic of China Navy as ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-204) from 1946
Career (Republic of China)
Name: ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-204)
Acquired: May 25, 1946
Decommissioned: October 10, 1997
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
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
Installed power: 1,800 horsepower (1.34 megawatts)
Propulsion: Two 900-horsepower (0.67-megawatt) General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 24,000 nautical miles (44,448 kilometerss) at 9 knots while displacing 3,960 tons
Boats and landing
craft carried:
6 x LCVPs in U.S. service; 4 x LCVPs in Republic of China service
Capacity: 1,600-1,900 tons cargo depending on mission
Troops: 14 officers, 131 enlisted men
Complement: 9 officers, 120 enlisted men
Armament: 2 × twin 40-millimeter gun mounts
4 × single 40-millimeter gun mounts
12 × 20-millimeter guns

USS LST-557 was a United States Navy LST-542-class tank landing ship in commission from 1944 to 1946.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

LST-557 was laid down on 8 February 1944 at Evansville, Indiana, by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company. She was launched on 11 April 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Edward J. Baechle, and commissioned on 5 May 1944.

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-557 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations. She participated in the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands in September and October 1944. She then took part in the Philippines campaign, participating in the Leyte landings in October and November 1944 and the invasion of Lingayen Gulf in January 1945. She then participated in the assault on and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in April 1945.

Following the war, LST-557 performed occupation duty in the Far East and saw service in China until late May 1946.

Decommissioning and transfer to Republic of China[edit]

LST-557 was decommissioned and transferred to the Republic of China as lend-lease on 29 May 1946. She was stricken from the Navy List on 12 March 1948.

In the Republic of China Navy she served as ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-215).

Honors and awards[edit]

LST-557 earned four battle stars for her World War II service.

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