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USS LST-383, 1942-1946

USS LST-383, a LST-1 class Tank Landing Ship, was commissioned on October 27, 1942, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia.  Departing for the European-Africa-Middle East Theater, she partipated in Operation Husky (Allied invasion of Sicily, Italy) and Operation Avalanche (Allied invasion of Saleron, Italy) from July to September 1943.   Early in January 1944, LST-383 particpated in Operation Shingle (Allied invasion of Anzio, Italy) and Operation Neptune (Allied invasion of Normandy, France) that June.   Following these operations, she was transferred to the British Royal Navy in November and served as HM LST-383.   With World War II concluding, she was transferred to the Netherlands East Indies Maritime Customs and was struck from the Navy Register in July 1946.  

A model of the Tank Landing Ship was on display in the In Harm's Way (Atlantic Section) at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, Bldg 76, until 2022.   

Image 80-G-36260:  USS LST-383, January 1943.   Launching of LCT-401 at Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, January 3, 1943.   Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.  (2017/11/22).