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USS LST-488 underway, date and location unknown.
USS LST-488, underway, date and location unknown.
United States
Name: LST-488
Ordered: as a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 1008[1]
Builder: Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California
Yard number: 4183[1]
Laid down: 11 January 1943
Launched: 5 March 1943
Commissioned: 24 May 1943
Decommissioned: 11 January 1946
Reclassified: Landing Ship Tank (Hospital) LST(H)-488, 15 September 1945
Honors and
Bronze-service-star-3d.png 4 × battle stars
Fate: assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East
Operator: Shipping Control Authority for Japan
In service: 11 January 1946
Out of service: unknown
Renamed: Q009
Fate: transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 12 March 1952
United States
Operator: MSTS
In service: 12 March 1952
Out of service: 15 July 1972
Identification: Hull symbol: T-LST-488
Fate: transferred to the Philippine Navy, 15 July 1972
Name: Surigao del Norte
Namesake: The Province of Surigao del Norte
In service: 15 July 1972
Identification: Hull symbol: LT-97
Fate: unknown
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: LST-1-class tank landing ship
  • 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)
  • 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:
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
Service record
Part of:
  • LST Flotilla 5
  • LST Flotilla 3

USS LST/LST(H)/T-LST-488 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II.


LST-488 was laid down on 11 January 1943, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 1008, by Kaiser Shipyards, Yard No. 4, Richmond, California; launched on 5 March 1943; and commissioned on 24 May 1943,[1] with Lieutenant junior grade Jesse M. MacKey in command.[2]

Service history[edit]

During World War II, LST-488 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following operations: the Occupation and defense of Cape Torokina in November 1943; the Capture and occupation of Guam in July 1944; the Battle of Leyte landings October 1944; and the Lingayen Gulf landings January 1945.[3]

Post-war service[edit]

Following the war, LST-488 was redesignated LST(H)-488 on 15 September 1945, and performed occupation duty in the Far East until 11 January 1946. Upon her return to the United States, she was decommissioned on 11 January 1946. She was redesignated LST-488 on 6 March 1952, and served with the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS LST-488 in the postwar period. The ship was transferred to the Republic of the Philippines as a lease on 15 July 1972.[3]


LST-488 earned four battle stars for World War II service.[3]




Online resources

  • "LST-488". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 4 February 2017. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Permanente No. 4, Richmond CA". 5 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  • "USS LST-488". 28 November 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2017.

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