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SAMOS tank landing ships (1943, 1942-1945/1943-1971)


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Chios 1952

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Λέσβος [Lesbos] (ex-LST37)     Dravo, Pittsburgh, USA 4.1943 5.7.1943 8.1943 sunk 6.6.1944
Σύρος [Syros] (ex-LST325) L144   Philadelphia N Yd, USA 8.1942 27.10.1942 2.1943 // 5.1964 to USA 1999
Ικαρία [Ikaria] (ex-Potter County, ex-LST1086) L154   American Bridge, Pittsburgh, USA 12.1944 28.1.1945 2.1945 // 8.1960 stricken 1999
Ρόδος [Rodos] (ex-Bowman County, ex-LST391) L157   Newport News, USA 7.1942 28.10.1942 12.1942 // 5.1960 stricken 1990
Λήμνος [Limnos] (ex-LST36) L158   Dravo, Pittsburgh, USA 4.1943 10.7.1943 8.1943 stricken 5.1977
Κρήτη [Kriti] (ex-Page County, ex-LST1076) L171   Bethlehem, Hingham, USA 3.1945 14.4.1945 5.1945 // 3.1971 stricken 3.1999
Λέσβος [Lesbos] (ex-Boone County, ex-LST389) L172   Newport News, USA 6.1942 15.10.1942 11.1942 // 8.1960 stricken 9.1990
Σάμος [Samos] (ex-LST33) L179   Dravo, Pittsburgh, USA 2.1943 21.6.1943 8.1943 // 8.1943 stricken 9.1977
Χίος [Chios] (ex-LST35) L195   Dravo, Pittsburgh, USA 3.1943 30.6.1943 8.1943 stricken 5.1977


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

1625

Displacement full, t4080
Length, m

96.3 wl 100.0 oa

Breadth, m

15.2

Draught, m

landing: 1.19 fore, 3.00 aft, sea-going: 2.30 fore, 4.30 aft

No of shafts2
Machinery

2 General Motors diesels

Power, h. p.

1800

Max speed, kts

12.1

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)24000 (9)
Armament

Samos, Chios, Limnos, Lesbos: 1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 20, 6 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

L144, 172: 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 4 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10

L154, 157, 171: 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 6 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 3, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10

Military load

4 LCVP, 20 medium tanks (25-t), 163 marines or 2100t of cargo

Electronic equipment

Samos, Chios, Limnos, Lesbos: probably SE or SF or SL or SO or SU radar

L144, 154, 157, 171, 172: nav radar

Complement91 - 125


Standard scale images


<i>Samos</i> 1943
Samos 1943
<i>Chios </i>1975
Chios 1975


Graphics


<i>Chios </i>1952
Chios 1952
<i>Syros </i>1979
Syros 1979


Project history

Standard American large tank landing ships of LST class. They were transferred to Greece on lend-lease once upon completion. Three survived ships were formally sold to Greece in January, 1947. In 1960-1971 Greece received three additional ships of this class.

Modernizations

1960s: Samos, Chios, Limnos: were armed as later ships

1970s, all: + 2 x 1 - 20/90 Rheinmetall S20

Naval service

Lesbos ran ashore at Tunisian coast 6.6.1944. Limnos received heavy damages on a mine 26.7.1944, but was repaired.