USS LST-75 on 2 June 1944
History
United States
NameLST-75
BuilderJeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville
Laid down30 January 1943
Launched7 April 1943
Sponsored byMrs. Dorsey W. Brown
Commissioned21 June 1943
Decommissioned22 December 1947
Stricken22 January 1948
Identification
Honors and
awards
See Awards
FateTransferred to Philippines, 30 December 1947
Philippines
NameCotabato
NamesakeCotabato
Acquired22 January 1948
Decommissioned1978
ReclassifiedLT-36
IdentificationHull number: T-36
FateScrapped
General characteristics
Class and type LST-1-class tank landing ship
Displacement
  • 1,625 long tons (1,651 t) (light)
  • 4,080 long tons (4,145 t) (full (seagoing draft with 1,675 short tons (1,520 t) load)
  • 2,366 long tons (2,404 t) (beaching)
Length328 ft (100 m) oa
Beam50 ft (15 m)
Draft
  • Unloaded: 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) forward; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft
  • Full load: 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m) forward; 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m) aft
  • Landing with 500 short tons (450 t) load: 3 ft 11 in (1.19 m) forward; 9 ft 10 in (3.00 m) aft
Installed power
Propulsion
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 x LCVPs
Capacity1,600–1,900 short tons (3,200,000–3,800,000 lb; 1,500,000–1,700,000 kg) cargo depending on mission
Troops16 officers, 147 enlisted men
Complement13 officers, 104 enlisted men
Armament

USS LST-75 was a LST-1-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy during World War II. She was transferred to the Philippine Navy as RPS Cotabato (T-36).[1]

Construction and career

LST-75 was laid down on 30 January 1943 at Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Co., Jeffersonville, Indiana. Launched on 7 April 1943 and commissioned on 21 June 1943, Lt. John F. Mundy Jr in command.[2]

Service in the United States Navy

During World War II, LST-75 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle theater. She then participated in the Invasion of Normandy from 6 to 25 June 1944.

She participated in the invasion of Okinawa and later took occupation there from 26 to 30 June 1945. She assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 19 November to 11 December 1945 and 5 July to 2 August 1947.

She was decommissioned on 22 December 1947.

LST-75 was struck from the Navy Register on 22 January 1948 and transferred to the Philippines.

Service in the Philippine Navy

She was acquired by the Philippine Navy on 22 January 1948 and renamed RPS Cotabato (T-36).

During the Korean War, RPS Cotabato (T-36), RPS Pampanga (T-37), RPS Bulacan (T-38), BRP Albay (T-39), and RPS Misamis Oriental (T-40) had been sent to transport Filipino soldiers to and from Korea for five years.[3]

In September 1951 both Cotabato and Pampanga under CDR Tomas C. Robenul, PN would again undertake the task of bringing the second Filipino battalion the 20th BCT under Col. Salvador Abcede to the Korean theater of operations.[3]

On 23 October 1951, Cotabato escorted by a pair of submarine chasers entered Manila Bay with a tumultuous welcome from surrounding ships, a flyby from a formation of P-51 Mustangs of the PAF, and a jubilant crowd.[3]

Cotabato and Pampanga were decommissioned in early 1978.[3]

Awards

LST-75 have earned the following awards:

Citations

  1. ^ "Tank Landing Ship (LST)". www.navsource.org. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  2. ^ "LST-75". public1.nhhcaws.local. Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Author, Guest (18 July 2018). "A History of the Philippine Navy in the Korean War (1950-1953)". Center for International Maritime Security. Retrieved 13 September 2021.

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