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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

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

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

Class Notes:
On 1 Jan 19## CNO directed the construction of ....

Ship Notes:
59APL 59Ex-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.

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