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USS Raritan (LSM-540)

The third USS Raritan (LSM-540) was a landing ship[?] medium, laid down 10 May 1945 at Brown Shipbuilding Corporation[?], Houston, Texas, launched August 1945, commissioned as USS LSM-540 6 December 1945, LT. Roy T. Rector[?], USNR in command. She was decommissioned 29 May 1946, at Green Cove Springs, Florida and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet[?], Florida Group, Green Cove Springs. Recommissioned 4 November 1957, she was renamed USS Raritan (LSM-540) 14 October 1959, then decommissioned 1 December 1959 at Norfolk, Virginia and struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960.

General Characteristics

  • Displacement: 520 tons (light), 743 tons (landing) 1,095 tons (fully loaded)
  • Length: 203.5 ft ( m)
  • Beam: 34.5 ft ( m)
  • Draft: 3.5 ft forward, 7.7 ft aft (light), 6.3 ft forward, 8.3 ft aft (fully loaded)
  • Speed: 13.2 knots
  • Complement: 4 officers, 54 enlisted men
  • Armament: 1 40mm gun, 4 x 20mm guns
  • Capacity: 3 heavy or 5 medium tanks or 6 LVTs[?], 48 men

This article includes information collected from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.



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