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PAUL REVERE amphibious personnel transports (1953 - 1954/ 1958 - 1961)


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Paul Revere 1969

Ships


No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
APA248, 1.1969- LPA248 Paul Revere (ex-Diamond Mariner) 493 New York SB, Camden 15.5.1952 11.4.1953 22.12.1953 // 3.9.1958 stricken 1.1980, to Spain (Castilla)
APA249, 1.1969- LPA249 Francis Marion (ex-Prairie Mariner) 495 New York SB, Camden 1953 13.2.1954 25.5.1954 // 6.7.1961 stricken 1.1980, to Spain (Aragón)


Technical data


Displacement standard, t10709
Displacement full, t16838
Length, m

172.0

Breadth, m

23.2

Draught, m

7.90

No of shafts1
Machinery

1 set De Laval geared steam turbines, 2 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.22000
Max speed, kts

22

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm(kts)10000(20)
Armament

4 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, helicopter deck

Military load1657 troops, 1900 t of cargo, 7 LCM(6), 12 LCVP, 3 LCP(L)
Electronic equipment

APA248: SPS-12, SPS-10, 4x Mk 34 radars, WLR-1, ULQ-6 ECM suites

APA249: SPS-40, SPS-10, 4x Mk 34 radars, WLR-1, ULQ-6 ECM suites

Complement307


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<i>Paul Revere </i>1963
Paul Revere 1963


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<i>Paul Revere </i>1969
Paul Revere 1969


Project history

Paul Revere, Francis Marion and Tulare, the only new AKA and APA construction of the 1950s, were conversions of 'Mariner' cargo hulls (C4-S-1A). Of thirty-five 'Mariners' built, the Navy acquired five in all, the other two being the Polaris missile firing ship Observation Island and the navigational test ship Compass Island, both associated with the Polaris programme. The two attack (personnel) transports were fitted as amphibious squadron flagships or as troop commander or transport division flagships; they could handle landing craft and heavy vehicles with 10t, 30t and 60t cargo booms. In an early example of adaptation to helicopter operation, their helicopter decks were served by cargo elevators. In fact they were the last conventional attack personnel transports, as the transport function was next taken over by a combination of LPH (helicopter carriers) and LPD (landing ship docks with additional troop spaces). They could accommodate 1500 troops each.

Tulare was designed primarily for cargo, although she could carry 575 troops (and 500 vehicles), handling up to twenty-seven landing craft with heavy-lift (60t) booms rigged from her quadruped masts. Like the APAs, she had a helicopter platform.

Modernizations

1977-1978, both: - 4x Mk 34 radars; + LN-66 radar

Naval service

No significant events.