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USS LST 53 at Kerama Retto in May-June 1945 with USS LSM 83, Lipan (ATF 85), and the hulk of Barry (APD 29).
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Class: APL 59 (APL 59, ex LST 53)
Design: Navy LST
Displacement (tons): 1,780 light, 3,640 full
Dimensions (feet): 328' oa, 316' wl x 50' e/wl x 14' max nav
Speed (kts.): n/a
Propulsion (HP): n/a
|59||APL 59||15 Sep 1954||Dravo, Pittsburgh||24 Sep 1943||6 Nov 1943||Unk.|
|59||APL 59||22 Jan 1946||11 May 1955||11 May 1955||Trf South Korea||--|
On 1 Jan 19## CNO directed the construction of ....
|59||APL 59||Ex-LST 53, completed 5 Dec 1943. Decomm 22 January 1946 and transferred to SCAJAP (American ships with Japanese crews) as an operational cargo ship with the designation Q021. By early 1951 had became port facilities management vessel (billeting, mess, and communications) at Pusan (Busan), South Korea. Reclas APL 59 on 15 Sep 1954 (non self-propelled). To South Korea 11 May 1955, renamed CHANG SU or JANGSU (LST 811) as a barracks ship. BU 1959. The USN strike date of 11 May 1955 was not fully promulgated until 20 Jul 1960.|
Compiled: 9 Sep 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon