USS LST-666

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USS LST-666 anchored off San Pedro, California, 10 February 1946
History
US flag 48 stars.svgUnited States
NameUSS LST-666
Builder
Laid down16 February 1944
Launched24 April 1944
Sponsored byMrs. A. I. Hay
Commissioned16 May 1944
Decommissioned20 June 1946
Stricken31 July 1946
Honors and
awards
6 battle stars, World War II
FateSold for scrap, 26 September 1946
General characteristics
Class and type LST-542-class tank landing ship
Displacement
  • 1,625 tons (light)
  • 4,080 tons (full)
Length328 ft (100.0 m)
Beam50 ft (15.2 m)
Draft
  • 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) fwd; 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) aft (unloaded)
  • 8 feet 3 inches (2.51 m) fwd; 14 feet 1 inch (4.29 m) aft (full load)
  • 3 feet 11 inches (1.19 m) fwd; 9 feet 10 inches (3.00 m) aft (landing)
PropulsionTwo General Motors 12-567, 900 hp diesel engines, two shafts, two rudders
Speed
  • 12.0 knots (22.2 km/h) (max)
  • 9 knots (17 km/h) (econ)
Troops16 officers, 147 enlisted
Complement7 officers, 104 enlisted
Armament

USS LST-666 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy in World War II. Like most ships of her class, she was not named and properly known only by her designation. Because of the biblical reference to the number, "666" in the Bible's Book of Revelation, USS LST-666 earned the unofficial nicknames, "The Devil's Ship" and "The Devil Ship".

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Construction and commissioning

LST-666 was laid down on 16 February 1944 at Ambridge, Pennsylvania, by the American Bridge Company. She was launched on 24 April 1944, sponsored by Mrs. A. I. Hay, and commissioned on 16 May 1944.

Service history

During World War II, LST-666 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following operations:

Decommissioning and disposal

Following the war, LST-666 was decommissioned on 20 June 1946 and struck from the Navy List on 31 July 1946. On 26 September 1946, the ship was sold for scrap to Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., of Chester, Pennsylvania.

Honors and awards

LST-666 earned six battle stars for World War II service.

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