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Talbot County

 

Counties in Maryland and Georgia.

 

(LST-1153: dp. 6,000; 1. 382'; b. 54'; dr. 14'5"; s. 14.0 k.; cpl. 190; trp. 197; a. 2 5"; cl. LST-1153)

 

LST-1153 was laid down on 19 July 1945 at Boston, Mass., by the Boston Navy Yard; launched on 24 April 1947; sponsored by Mrs. Lena Mickelson; and commissioned on 3 September 1947.

 

LST-1153 reported to the Fleet Training Group at Norfolk to begin her shakedown cruise on 21 September. She returned to Boston on 24 October for a post-shakedown yard period and put to sea again on 15 November. Eleven days later, she arrived at her home port, Little Creek, Va. For the next nine years, the tank landing ship operated along the east coast of the United States from New England to Florida and in the Caribbean. On 1 July 1955, LST-1153 was named Talbot Count.

 

Talbot County deployed to the Mediterranean on 31 August 1959, using her bulk fuel tanks to carry more than 240,000 gallons of aviation gasoline to refuel the helicopters of the amphibious squadron attached to the 6th Fleet. After making port calls in France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Gibraltar, Algeria, and Morocco, she returned to the United States on 13 February 1958. The ship was deployed with the 6th Fleet again from April to August 1959 and from October 1960 to May 1961. The remainder of her time, until 1970, was spent in operations along the Atlantic seaboard, ranging from Key West, Fla., to Nova Scotia and various ports in the Caribbean.

 

Talbot County was decommissioned at Orange, Tex., on 3 April 1970, struck from the Navy list on 1 May 1973, and subsequently scrapped.