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USS Daviess County (LST-692)
LST-692
LST-692 unloading cargo across the beach, date and place unknown
Career
Name: USS LST-692
Builder: Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana
Laid down: 7 February 1944
Launched: 31 March 1944
Commissioned: 10 May 1944
Decommissioned: 1946
Recommissioned: 1951
Renamed: USS Daviess County (LST-689), 1 July 1955
Struck: 1 June 1964
Honours and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
2 battle stars (Korea)
Fate: Transferred to the Philippines, 13 September 1976
Career (Philippines) Ensign of Philippines
Name: BRP Benguet (LT-507)
Acquired: 13 September 1976
Status: in active service, as of 2020
General characteristics
Class & type: LST-542-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 1,780 long tons (1,809 t) light
3,640 long tons (3,698 t) full
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: Unloaded :
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
Loaded :
8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward
14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
Propulsion: 2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 LCVPs
Troops: Approximately 140 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted men
Armament: • 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun mount
• 8 × 40 mm guns
• 12 × 20 mm guns

USS Daviess County (LST-692) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after counties in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

LST-692 was laid down on 7 February 1944 at Jeffersonville, Indiana by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company; launched on 31 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Alma D. Voelker; and commissioned on 10 May 1944 with Lieutenant R. B. Carothers, USNR, in command.

Service history[edit | edit source]

During World War II, LST-692 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September, 1944. Decommissioned in 1946, she was placed in the reserve fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida until reactivated in 1951. She performed active service during the Korean War and thereafter. LST-692 was redesignated USS Daviess County (LST-692) on 1 July 1955.

The ship was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1964 and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) where she operated as T-LST-692. Daviess County was transferred to the Philippine Navy on 13 September 1976, where she remains in service as BRP Benguet (LT-507).

LST-692 earned one battle star for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean service.

References[edit | edit source]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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