USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528)

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History
Name: USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528)
Ordered: 1945, as LSM-528
Builder: Brown Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 19 May 1945
Launched: 16 June 1945
Commissioned: 2 September 1945
Decommissioned: March 1946
Renamed: St. Mary's River, 1 October 1958
Reclassified: LSM(R)-528, 21 April 1945
Struck: 1 October 1958
Fate:
  • Sold, 4 August 1959
  • Scrapped, 1989
General characteristics
Class and type: LSM(R)-501-class landing ship medium
Displacement:
  • 758 long tons (770 t) light
  • 993 long tons (1,009 t) attack
  • 1,175 long tons (1,194 t) full
Length: 203 ft 3 in (61.95 m)
Beam: 34 ft 6 in (10.52 m)
Draft:
  • 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) light
  • 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) attack
  • 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) full
Propulsion: 2 General Motors non-reversing with airflex clutch Cleveland diesels, 1,440 hp (1,074 kW) each at 720 rpm, 2 screws
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Range: 3,000 nmi (5,600 km) at 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 6 officers, 137 enlisted
Armament:
  • 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun
  • 2 × twin 40 mm AA guns
  • 4 × twin 20 mm AA guns
  • 4 × 4.2 in (110 mm) mortars
  • 20 × continuous loading 5 in (130 mm) Ship-to-Shore rocket launchers
Armor:
  • 10-lb. STS on conning station, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control
  • 10-lb. ASPP around 40 and 20 mm gun mounts and directors

USS St. Mary's River (LSM(R)-528) was originally authorized as LSM-528. Reclassified LSM(R)-528 on 21 April 1945, she was laid down on 19 May 1945 at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Texas, launched on 16 June 1945, and commissioned on 2 September 1945, Lieutenant Norman E. Wallin, USNR, in command.

On 6 September, LSM(R)-528 sailed for Galveston, Texas, arriving the next day. She sailed for Charleston, South Carolina, on 12 September. However, after two days at sea, she ran into a storm and was diverted to Naval Frontier Base, Burrwood, Louisiana. After the storm, LSM(R)-528 resumed her voyage and arrived at Charleston on 21 September. While there, the ship had her rocket launchers and mortars installed.

Departing Charleston on 12 October, LSM(R)-528 sailed for Little Creek, VA, arriving on 14 October. After leave and upkeep, she began shakedown training on 15 October. Completing shakedown training on 15 November, she reported a week later to Commander LSM(R) Squadrons, Little Creek. On 29 November, she sailed for Green Cove Springs, FL, with orders to report for inactivation. LSM(R)-528 was decommissioned in March 1946. Named St. Mary's River on 1 October 1958 for the St. Marys River in northeast Indiana, she was struck from the Navy List on the same day. She was sold on 4 August 1959 to Fleet Storage Corp. Her name disappeared from mercantile list in 1989.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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