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


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Mei Chin

Ships


Name No Yard 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


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

520

Displacement full, t1095
Length, m

59.9 wl 62.0 oa

Breadth, m

10.5

Draught, m

landing: 1.07 fore, 2.13 aft

No of shafts2
Machinery

4 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

Electronic equipmentSO radar
Complement60


Graphics


<i>Mei Chin</i>
Mei Chin
<i>Mei Song </i>2000
Mei Song 2000


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.