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ELK RIVER USS LSM (R) 501

Postby D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:46 pm

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Laid down, 24 March 1945, at Brown Shipbuilding Co, Houston, TX.
Launched, 21 April 1945, Commissioned USS LSMR-501, 27 May 1945.
Displacement 758 t.(light), 993 t. (attack) 1,175 t. (fully loaded)
Length:62,86m. (206' 3") Beam:10,52m. (34' 6") Draft light:1,62m. (5' 4") fully loaded:2,36m. (7' 9") 2 General Motors (non-reversing with airflex clutch) diesels. Direct drive with 1,440 BHP each @ 720rpm, twin screws, 13 kn. range:3,000 miles @ 13kn. Complement 6 officers, 137 enlisted.
Armament: 1 single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, 2 twin 40mm AA gun mounts
4 twin 20mm AA gun mounts, 10 twin continuous loading 5" SS rocket launchers, 4- 4".2 mortars.
Armor 10-lb. STS on conning station, pilot-house, radio room, radar plot, and rocket control, 10-lb. ASPP around 40 and 20mm gun mounts and directors

During World War II USS LSMR-501 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
LSM(R) Flotilla Eighteen, LSM(R) Group Forty-Three, LSM(R) Division One Hundred Four
Decommissioned, 1 August 1946, at Astoria, OR.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
Named ELK RIVER and redesigned as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-501), 1 October 1955
Converted to a Deep Submergence Support Ship at Avondale Shipyards, Inc., Westwego, LA., and at San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point.
"Special" in service, January 1969
"Active" in service, January 1973
Relegated to barracks craft, October 1986
Struck from the Naval Register,13 August 1999
Final Disposition; sunk as a target, 24 February 2001

Landing Ship Medium were amphibious assault ships of the United States Navy in the World War II.

Of comparable size to Landing Ship, Tank and the Landing Craft, Infantry, there were 558 LSM (Landing Ship, Medium) made for the USN between 1944 and 1945. The majority of vessels built on this versatile frame were regular transports however there were several dozen that were converted during construction for specialized roles. Most vessels of this type were scrapped during the Cold War, but several were sold by the United States Department of Defense to foreign nations or private shipping companies.

One LSM, USS LSM-45 survived in its original configuration until around 2010. It was in storage at Marine Station Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. It was slated to become the centerpiece of the Museum of the Marine, but due to changed plans was scrapped between 2010 and 2014.

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