USS LST-607

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History
United States
Name: USS LST-607
Builder: Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, Seneca, Illinois
Laid down: 2 December 1943
Launched: 7 April 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. John Pirok
Commissioned: 24 April 1944
Decommissioned: 11 January 1946
In service: With Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS LST-607 (T-LST-607) from 31 March 1952
Fate: Transferred to Philippine Navy 13 September 1976
Struck: 1 November 1973
Flag of the Philippines.svgPhilippines
Name: BRP Leyte del Sur
Acquired: 13 September 1976
Struck: prior 1990
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class LST
Displacement:
  • 1,490 tons (light);
  • 4,080 tons (full load of 2,100 tons)
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • 8 ft (2.4 m) forward;
  • 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: Two diesel engines, two shafts
Speed:
  • 10.8 knots (20 km/h) (max);
  • 9 knots (17 km/h) (econ)
Complement: 7 officers, 204 enlisted
Armament:

USS LST-607 was a United States Navy LST-542-class tank landing ship in commission from 1944 to 1946. She later served in a non-commissioned status in the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS LST-607 (T-LST-607).

Construction and commissioning[edit]

LST-607 was laid down on 2 December 1943 at Seneca Illinois, by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company. She was launched on 7 April 1944, sponsored by Mrs. John Pirok;, and commissioned on 24 April 1944.

World War II service[edit]

During World War II, LST-607 was assigned to the Pacific Theater of Operations and participated in the capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands in September and October 1944.

Following the war, LST-607 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early January 1946. She was decommissioned on 11 January 1946.

Later career[edit]

On 31 March 1952, LST-607 was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service, in which she served as USNS LST-607 (T-LST-607).

USNS LST-607 was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 13 September 1976. Her later fate is unknown.

Awards and honors[edit]

LST-607 earned one battle star for World War II service.

Media Appearance[edit]

  • This ship made a brief(at approximately 59:24) appearance in a scene from the 1977 biographical movie MacArthur (film).

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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