USS LST-872

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Name: USS LST-872
Builder: Jeffboat
Laid down: 18 November 1944
Launched: 28 December 1944
Commissioned: 22 January 1945
Decommissioned: 8 July 1946
Fate:
  • Sold,
  • 27 October 1947
Struck: 15 August 1946
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg Argentina
Name: ARA Cabo San Gonzalo (BDT-4/Q44)
Acquired: 27 October 1947
Out of service: 1979
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-542-class LST
Displacement:
  • 1,490 tons (light);
  • 4,080 tons (full load of 2,100 tons)
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft:
  • 8 ft (2.4 m) forward;
  • 14 ft 4 in (4.37 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: Two diesel engines, two shafts
Speed:
  • 10.8 knots (20 km/h) (max);
  • 9 knots (17 km/h) (econ)
Complement: 7 officers, 204 enlisted
Armament:

USS LST-872 was an LST-542-class tank landing ship in the United States Navy. Like many of her class, she was not named and is properly referred to by her hull designation.

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Operational history

LST-872 was laid down on 18 November 1944 at Jeffersonville, Indiana, by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machinery Co.; launched on 28 December 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Carrie I. Morris; and commissioned on 22 January 1945.

Jeffersonville, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Jeffersonville is a city in Clark County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. Locally, the city is often referred to by the abbreviated name Jeff. It is directly across the Ohio River to the north of Louisville, Kentucky, along I-65. The population was 44,953 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clark County.

Jeffboat

Jeffboat was a shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana founded by James Howard in 1834, a builder of steamboats. The company was owned by the Howard family until it was sold leading up to World War II. Following the war, it became known as the Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Company and later changed its name to Jeffboat, the more commonly used short form of its name. The company was the largest inland shipbuilder in the United States and the second-largest builder of barges before it closed in 2018.

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LST-872 performed no combat service with the United States Navy and was decommissioned on 8 July 1946 and struck from the Navy list on 15 August that same year. On 27 October 1947, she was sold to the Northwest Merchandising Service, renamed Doña Micaela and transferred to Argentina. [1]

Argentina federal republic in South America

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. The sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, which is the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital have their own constitutions, but exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Argentine service

In Argentine Navy service, LST-872 was named ARA Cabo San Gonzalo and redesignated BDT-4 (Buque Desembarco de Tanques), later Q44. She was retired in 1979. [2]

The Navy of the Argentine Republic or Argentine Navy is the navy of Argentina. It is one of the three branches of the Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic, together with the Army and the Air Force. The ship prefix for vessels of the Argentine Navy is "ARA".

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Notes

  1. Friedman, p. 569
  2. ArmadaArgentina

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