USS LST-50

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History
United States
Name: USS LST-50
Builder: Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 29 August 1943
Launched: 16 October 1943
Commissioned: 27 November 1943
Decommissioned: 6 February 1946
Reclassified: USS ARB-13 (Battle Damage Repair Ship), 14 November 1952
Struck: 8 September 1952
Honours and
awards:
3 battle stars (WWII)
Fate: Transferred to Norway, 1952
Norway
Name: HNoMS Ellida
Acquired: 1952
Identification: A534
Fate: Returned to the United States, 1 July 1960
Greece
Name: Sakipia
Acquired: 16 September 1960
Identification: A329
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
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
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • Unloaded:
  • Bow: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m)
  • Stern: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
  • Loaded :
  • Bow: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m)
  • Stern: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Depth: 8 ft (2.4 m) forward, 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Two or six LCVPs
Troops: 14-16 officers, 131-147 enlisted men
Complement: 7-9 officers, 104-120 enlisted men
Armament:
  • 2 × twin 40 mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors
  • 4 × single 40 mm gun mounts
  • 12 × single 20 mm gun mounts

USS LST-50 was an LST-1-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II.

LST-50 was laid down on 29 August 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the Dravo Corporation; launched on 16 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Tito Tarquinio; and commissioned on 27 November 1943.

Service history[edit]

US Navy, 1942–1946[edit]

The tank landing ship was initially assigned to the European Theater and participated in the invasion of Normandy between 6 and 25 June 1944 and the invasion of southern France between 15 August and 25 September 1944. She was later transferred to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of operations where she took part in the Okinawa assault between 18 and 30 June 1945. Following the war, LST-50 performed occupation duty in the Far East until early February 1946. Upon her return to the United States, the ship was decommissioned on 6 February 1946 and was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 September 1952.

Norway & Greece, 1952–[edit]

On 14 November 1952, she was redesignated USS ARB-13 and transferred to Norway as HNoMS Ellida (A534). She was returned to the United States on 1 July 1960, but was retransferred to Greece on 16 September 1960 and served with the Greek Navy as Sakipia (A329). Her final fate is unknown.

LST-50 earned three battle stars for World War II service.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  • "LST-50". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 9 April 2007. 
  • "LST-50 / ARB-13". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved 9 April 2007.