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Red River

(LSM(R)-522: displacement 1,289 (full load); length 211-5-; beam 34-5-; draft 9-9-; speed 12 knots; complement 140; armament 1 5-, 4 40mm., 8 20mm., 4 4.2- mortars, 10 5- rocket launchers; class LSM(R)-401)

The ship is named for seven Red Rivers in the United States touching various states: Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana; Minnesota, North Dakota; Idaho; Kentucky, Tennessee; New Mexico; Utah; and Wisconsin.

LSM(R)-522 was laid down 5 May 1945 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Inc., Houston, Tex.; launched 9 June 1945; and commissioned 6 August 1945.

Following shakedown and exercises out of Little Creek, Va., LSM(R)-522 entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Fla., in May 1946. Recommissioned 2 April 1951, she joined the amphibious force of the Atlantic Fleet and participated in fleet operations in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. In January 1955, she entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Named Red River 1 October 1955, she was reclassified LFR on 1 January 1969, and remained in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet until struck from the Navy list 1 May 1973.

23 September 2005

Published: Thu Aug 27 07:33:27 EDT 2015