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REPUBLIC OF CHINA NAVY (TAIWAN)

AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS

MEI CHIN medium landing ships (1944-1945/1949-1962)

Mei Lo 1975

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
美珍 <Mei Chin> (ex-LSM155) LSM341 Charleston N Yd, USA 5/1944 19/6/1944 7/1944 // 10/1949 stricken 6/2005
美樂 <Mei Le> (ex-LSM157) LSM342 Charleston N Yd, USA 5/1944 19/6/1944 8/1944 // 10/1949 sunk 9/1958
美益 <Mei Yi> (ex-LSM285) LSM343 Federal, Newark, USA 10/1944 30/11/1944 12/1944 // 10/1949 stricken 1973
美朋 <Mei Peng> (ex-LSM431) LSM344 Dravo, Wilmington, USA 12/1944 2/2/1945 2/1945 // 10/1949 stricken 6/1972
美亨 <Mei Heng> (ex-LSM456) LSM345 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco, USA 1944 1945 2/1945 // 10/1949 stricken 1970
美宏 <Mei Hong> (ex-LSM442) LSM346 Dravo, Wilmington, USA 1945 6/4/1945 4/1945 // 10/1949 stricken 1962
美頌 <Mei Song> (ex-LSM457) LSM347 Western Pipe & Steel, San Francisco, USA 12/1944 17/3/1945 3/1945 // 10/1949 stricken 6/2005
美和 <Mei He> (ex-LSM13) LSM348, 1960s- CMC348 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1944 1944 6/1944 // 10/1949 minelayer 1960s, stricken 1972
美堅 <Mei Jian> (ex-LSM76) LSM349 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1944 1944 9/1944 // 10/1949 stricken 1970
美華 <Mei Hua> (ex-LSM256) LSM350 Federal, Newark, USA 2/1944 22/4/1944 5/1944 // 10/1949 collision 16/6/1969
美成 <Mei Cheng> (ex-LSM422) LSM351 Dravo, Wilmington, USA 1944 1944 12/1944 // 11/1956 stricken 1971
美功 <Mei Kun> (ex-LSM478) LSM352 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1945 1945 4/1945 // 11/1956 stricken 1973
美平 <Mei Ping> (ex-LSM471) LSM353 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1945 1945 3/1945 // 11/1956 stricken 6/2005
美文 <Mei Wei> (ex-LSM472) LSM354 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1945 1945 3/1945 // 2/1959 stricken 1973
美漢 <Mei Han> (ex-LSM474) LSM355 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1945 1945 3/1945 // 2/1959 stricken 1973
美樂 <Mei Le> (ex-LSM363) LSM356 Brown SB, Houston, USA 1944 1944 1/1945 // 5/1962 stricken 2007

 

Displacement standard, t

520

Displacement full, t

1095

Length, m

59.9 wl 62.0 oa

Breadth, m

10.5

Draught, m

landing: 1.07 fore, 2.13 aft

No of shafts

2

Machinery

General Motors diesels

Power, h. p.

2800

Max speed, kts

12.5 - 13.2

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 4900 (12)

Armament

1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 4 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10

Military load

5 medium or 3 heavy tanks or 6 LVT or 9 DUKW, 48 - 54 marines

Sensors SO radar
Complement 60

Ship project history: Former USN LSM type medium landing ships.

Modernizations: 1960s, Mei He: - landing capacity; + mines

1990s, all survived: - SO radar; + 1 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, CS/UPS-60X radar; superstructure was enlarged

Naval service: Mei Le was sunk by Chinese coastal artillery in September 1958. Mei Hua collided 16/6/1969 with m/s Ta Tung and sunk.

Mei Chin

Mei Song 2000

Ivan Gogin, 2016