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USS LST-471 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. As with many of her class, the ship was never named. Instead, she was referred to by her hull designation.

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USS LST-471, at anchor in the South Pacific in 1944.
History
United States
Name: LST-471
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 991[1]
Builder: Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington
Yard number: 175[1]
Laid down: 29 October 1942
Launched: 3 December 1942
Commissioned: 11 March 1943
Decommissioned: 26 February 1946
Struck: 12 April 1946
Identification:
Honors and
awards:
Silver-service-star-3d.png 5 × battle stars
Fate: sold for scrapping, 21 January 1948
Status: beached en route to scrapper, 1948
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement:
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length: 328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power:
Propulsion:
Speed: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 x LCVPs
Capacity: 1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops: 16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement: 13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament:
Service record
Operations:
Awards:

ConstructionEdit

LST-471 was laid down on 29 October 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 991, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched 3 December 1942; and commissioned on 11 March 1943,[1] Lieutenant Samuel C. Otto, USNR, in command.[3]

Service historyEdit

During World War II, LST-471 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations: the Lae occupation in September 1943; the Leyte operation in October and November 1944; the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945; the Mindanao Island landings in March 1945; and the Balikpapan operation in June and July 1945.[3]

Following World War II, LST-471 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 26 February 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 12 April, that same year. On 21 January 1948, the tank landing ship was sold to Hughes Bros., Inc., New York City, for scrap.[3] She was beached during a storm while under tow off Rodanthe, North Carolina.[2]

The wreck is located at 35°35′11″N 75°27′34″W / 35.586412°N 75.459340°W / 35.586412; -75.459340Coordinates: 35°35′11″N 75°27′34″W / 35.586412°N 75.459340°W / 35.586412; -75.459340

Honors and awardsEdit

LST-471 earned five battle stars for her World War II service.[3]

NotesEdit

BibliographyEdit

Online resources

  • "LST-471". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 13 April 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". www.ShipbuildingHistory.com. 27 November 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  • "USS LST-471". Navsource.org. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2017.

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