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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
Armament: none
Accommodations: unk.
Speed (kts.): n/a
Propulsion (HP): n/a
Machinery: none

Construction:
APLNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchSrv
59APL 5915 Sep 1954Dravo, Pittsburgh24 Sep 19436 Nov 1943Unk.

Disposition:
APLNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
59APL 5922 Jan 194611 May 195511 May 1955Trf South Korea--

Class Notes:
LST 53 was decommissioned 22 January 1946 and transferred to the Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP) as an operational American-owned cargo ship with a Japanese crew and the designation Q021. By early 1951 she had became a port facilities management vessel (billeting, mess, and communications) at Pusan (Busan), South Korea. No longer self propelled, she was reclassified APL 59 on 15 Sep 1954.

Ship Notes:
APLNameMANotes
59APL 59(Ex-LST 53, completed 5 Dec 1943.) 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.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 9 Sep 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021