USS LST-463 c. 1945.
United States
Orderedas a Type S3-M-K2 hull, MCE hull 983[1]
BuilderKaiser Shipbuilding Company, Vancouver, Washington
Yard number167[1]
Laid down6 October 1942
Launched9 November 1942
Commissioned23 February 1943
Decommissioned6 June 1946
Stricken19 June 1946
Honors and
9 × battle stars
Fatesold for commercial service, 3 November 1947
Statusfate unknown
General characteristics [2]
Class and type LST-1-class tank landing ship
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) full load
  • 2,160 long tons (2,190 t) landing
Length328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam50 ft (15 m)
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing at 2,160 t: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power
Speed12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range24,000 nmi (44,000 km; 28,000 mi) at 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) while displacing 3,960 long tons (4,024 t)
Boats & landing
craft carried
2 or 6 x LCVPs
  • 2,100 tons oceangoing maximum
  • 350 tons main deckload
Troops16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Service record

USS LST-463 was a United States Navy LST-1-class tank landing ship used in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II. As with many of her class, the ship was never named. Instead, she was referred to by her hull designation.


The ship was laid down on 6 October 1942, under Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 983, by Kaiser Shipyards, Vancouver, Washington; launched 9 November 1942; and commissioned on 23 February 1943,[1] Lieutenant A. W. McWhorter, USNR, in command.[2]

Service history

During World War II, LST-463 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater. She took part in the Bismarck Archipelago operation, the Cape Gloucester, New Britain, landings from December 1943 through March 1944; the Eastern New Guinea operation, the Saidor occupation in January and February 1944; Hollandia operation in April 1944; the Western New Guinea operations, the Biak Islands operation in May and June 1944, the Noemfoor Island operation in July 1944, the Cape Sansapor operation in July and August 1944, and the Morotai landing in September 1944; the Leyte operation in October and November 1944; the Lingayen Gulf landings in January 1945; the Zambales-Subic Bay operation in January 1945, the Mindanao Island landings in April 1945, and the assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto in June 1945.[3]

Following the war, LST-463 returned to the United States and was decommissioned on 6 June 1946, and struck from the Navy list on 19 June, that same year. On 3 November 1947, the tank landing ship was sold to Dulien Steel Products, Inc., of Seattle, Washington.[3]

Honors and awards

LST-463 earned nine battle stars for her World War II service.[3]




Online resources

  • "LST-463". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval History and Heritage Command. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017.Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • "Kaiser Vancouver, Vancouver WA". 27 November 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  • "USS LST-463". 10 October 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2017.