|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|
|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|
|Name:||ROCS Chung Hsing (LST-204)|
|Acquired:||May 25, 1946|
|Decommissioned:||October 10, 1997|
|Class & type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|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 & landing
|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|
Construction and commissioning
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.
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.
Decommissioning and transfer to Republic of China
Honors and awards
LST-557 earned four battle stars for her World War II service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive LST-557