USS LST-515

USS LST-515, an unidentified LST and USS LST-54 beached, date and location unknown. LST-54 is unloading a truck.

USS LST-515, an unidentified LST and USS LST-54 beached, date and location unknown. LST-54 is unloading a truck.

LST-511 Class Tank Landing Ship:

  • Laid down, 3 September 1943, at Chicago Bridge and Iron Co., Seneca, IL.
  • Launched, 31 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-515, 28 January 1944
  • During World War II, LST-515 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theatre and participated in the invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June, 1944
  • Following World War II USS LST-515 performed occupation duty in the Far East until November 1952
  • Named USS Caddo Parish (LST-515), 1 July, 1955
  • Decommissioned, 20 October 1955
  • Recommissioned, 2 August 1963
  • USS Caddo Parish (LST-515) participated in several Vietnam War campaigns from 1965 through to 1969
  • Transferred to the Philippine Navy, 26 November 1969, renamed RPS Bataan (LT-85)
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LST-515 earned one battle star for World War II service and as USS Caddo Parish (LST-515) received the Navy Unit Commendation, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, and nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service

Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945) Displacement: 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load); Length: 328′ o.a.; Beam 50′; Draft: (light) – 2′ 4″ fwd, 7′ 6″ aft, (sea-going) 8′ 3″ fwd, 14′ 1″ aft, (landing) 3′ 11″ fwd, 9′ 10″ aft (landing w/500 ton load); Speed 12 kts. (maximum); Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons; Complement: seven officers, one hundred and four enlisted; Troop Accommodations: sixteen officers, one hundred and forty seven enlisted; Boats: two LCVP; Cargo Capacity (varied with mission – payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons) Typical loads: One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck. Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting; Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was two twin 40mm gun mounts w/Mk.51 directors, four single 40mm gun mounts and twelve single 20mm gun mounts; Propulsion: two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders.

Data courtesy of NavSource Naval History.

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