USS LST-951

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USS LST-951 atcirca 1945-1946.jpg
USS LST-951 at anchor, c. 1945-1946.
History
United States
Name: LST-951
Builder: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Yard number: 3421[1]
Laid down: 8 September 1944
Launched: 7 October 1944
Commissioned: 31 October 1944
Decommissioned: 8 August 1946
Reclassified: Landing Ship Tank (Hospital), 15 September 1945
Struck: 25 September 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Bronze-service-star-3d.png 1 × battle star
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 14 June 1948
General characteristics [2]
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 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
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 3 in (2.51 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
  • Limiting 11 ft 2 in (3.40 m)
  • Maximum navigation 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 11.6 kn (21.5 km/h; 13.3 mph)
Range: 24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:
Service record
Part of: LST Flotilla 25
Operations: Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto (1 April–30 June 1945)
Awards:

USS LST-951/LST(H)-951 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation.

Construction[edit]

LST-951 was laid down on 8 September 1944, at Hingham, Massachusetts, by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard; launched on 7 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. O. P. Thomas, Jr.; and commissioned on 31 October 1944,[3] with Lieutenant Leonard J. Kelly, USN, in command.[2]

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-951 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto from April through June 1945.[3]

On 15 September 1945, she was redesignated LST(H)-951 and performed occupation duty in the Far East until mid-January 1945. The tank landing ship was decommissioned on 8 August 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 25 September, that same year. On 14 June 1948, the ship was sold to the Walter W. Johnson Co., for scrapping.[3]

Awards[edit]

LST-951 earned one battle star for World War II service.[3]

Notes[edit]

Citations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Online resources

  • "LST-951". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 13 June 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Bethlehem-Hingham, Hingham MA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  • "USS LST-951". Navsource.org. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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