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USS Tallahatchee County (AVB 2, ex LST 1154) on 11 May 1962.
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Class: TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY (AVB 2, ex LST)
Design: SCB Project No. 177, conversion of Navy LST 1153 class
Displacement (tons): [est.] 2,250 light, 6,000 full
Dimensions (feet): 382' oa, 368' wl x 54' e/wl x 17' max nav
Armament: (1963) 1-5"/38, 2-40mmT; (1967) 2-40mmT; (1969) none
Accommodations: 15 officers, 200 enlisted, and a 270-man aviation squadron
Speed (kts.): 14
Propulsion (HP): 6,000
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (465psi/750deg), 2 screws

Construction:
AVBNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchRecomm
2TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY15 Sep 1961NSY Boston4 Aug 194519 Jul 19463 Feb 1962

Disposition:
AVBNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
2TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY15 Jan 197015 Jan 19701 Jul 1970Navy sale--

Class Notes:
Approved characteristics for an Advanced Aviation Base Ship (AVB) (LST conversion), SCB Project No. 177, were promulgated on 22 May 1958 and updated on 24 June 1959 and 26 April 1961. This ship was converted under FY 1960 at NSY Charleston from one of two ships of the steam-powered LST 1153 class. Her after superstructure was extended forward, her forecastle was built up, and electronic antennas and a heavy kingpost were added amidships. As an AVB she was designed to provide command and logistic facilities to a squadron of anti-submarine patrol planes operating from an improvised land base. Squadron equipment was carried in mobile vans, transported in the ship's tank deck, and landed over her bow ramp. [from photo caption] The classification of TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY was changed from LST 1154 to AVB 2 effective 15 September 1961.

Ship Notes:
AVBNameMANotes
2TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY(ex-LST 1154). Out of commission for conversion 9 Dec 1960 to 3 Feb 1962. [Reclas 3 Feb 1962 PHS.] Buyer was located in Genoa.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 31 Jul 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, PHS