|USS Daviess County (LST-692)|
LST-692 unloading cargo across the beach, date and place unknown
|Builder:||Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||7 February 1944|
|Launched:||31 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||10 May 1944|
|Renamed:||USS Daviess County (LST-689), 1 July 1955|
|Struck:||1 June 1964|
1 battle star (World War II)|
2 battle stars (Korea)
|Fate:||Transferred to the Philippines, 13 September 1976|
|Name:||BRP Benguet (LT-507)|
|Acquired:||13 September 1976|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2020[update]|
|Class & type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
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)|
2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward
7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
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 |
|Troops:||Approximately 140 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted men|
• 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.
- "LST-692". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/l22/lst-692.htm. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
- "LST-692 Daviess County". Amphibious Photo Archive. http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160692.htm. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
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