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Landing Ship Medium (LSM) were amphibious assault ships of the United States Navy in World War II. Of a size between that of Landing Ships Tank (LST) and Landing Craft Infantry (LCI), 558 LSMs were built for the USN between 1944 and 1945. The majority of vessels built on this frame were regular transports, while several dozen were converted during construction to specialized roles. Most LSMs were scrapped during the Cold War, but several were sold by the United States Department of Defense to foreign nations or private shipping companies.


''LSM-1''-class Landing Ship Medium (Transport)




List of ''LSM-1''-class ships

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * – Transferred to Nationalist China in 1949. Recommissioned as "Mei Le". Sunk by Red Chinese artillery 9/1958. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * – Transferred to Nationalist China in 1949. Recommisioned as "Mei Hua"; sunk in a collision with M.V. Ta Tung 16/6/69. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (LSM-275), later reclassified (ARC-1) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * , later reclassified (MMC-6) * * , later reclassified (MMC-7) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * , later USNS ''LSM-335'' (T-AG-335) Assigned Ryukyuan shuttle. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * , later reclassified (MMC-8) * * , later reclassified (MMC-9) * * * * * * , later reclassified (E-AG-398) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (LSM-445), later reclassified (YV-1) * (LSM-446), later reclassified (E-LSM-446) and again to (YV-2) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * , later reclassified (MMC-10) * * * , later reclassified (MMC-11) * * * * * * , later reclassified (MMC-12) * * , later reclassified (MMC-13) * , later reclassified (MMC-14) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


''LSM(R)-188''-class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket)


* * * * * * * * * * * *


''LSM(R)-401''-class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket)


* (LSM(R)-401), later reclassified (LFR-401) * (LSM(R)-402) * (LSM(R)-403) * (LSM(R)-404), later reclassified (LFR-404) * (LSM(R)-405), later reclassified (LFR-405) * (LSM(R)-406) * (LSM(R)-407) * (LSM(R)-408) * (LSM(R)-409), later reclassified (LFR-409) * (LSM(R)-410) * (LSM(R)-411) * (LSM(R)-412), later reclassified (LFR-412)

''LSM(R)-501''-class Landing Ship Medium (Rocket)

* (LSM(R)-501), later reclassified (IX-501) * (LSM(R)-502) * (LSM(R)-503) * (LSM(R)-504) * (LSM(R)-505) * (LSM(R)-506) * (LSM(R)-507) * , later reclassified and renamed * (LSM(R)-509) * (LSM(R)-510) * (LSM(R)-511) * (LSM(R)-512), later reclassified (LFR-512) * (LSM(R)-513), later reclassified (LFR-513) * (LSM(R)-514) * (LSM(R)-515), later reclassified (LFR-515) * (LSM(R)-516) * (LSM(R)-517) * (LSM(R)-518) * (LSM(R)-519) * (LSM(R)-520) * (LSM(R)-521) * (LSM(R)-522), later reclassified (LFR-522) * (LSM(R)-523) * (LSM(R)-524) * (LSM(R)-525), later reclassified (LFR-525) * (LSM(R)-526) * (LSM(R)-527) * (LSM(R)-528) * (LSM(R)-529) * (LSM(R)-530) * (LSM(R)-531), later reclassified (LFR-531) * (LSM(R)-532) * (LSM(R)-533) * (LSM(R)-534) * (LSM(R)-535) * , later reclassified (LFR-536)


''Gypsy''-class Salvage Lifting Vessels


* , authorized as LSM-549 * , authorized as LSM-550 * , authorized as LSM-551, later reclassified to * , authorized as LSM-552, later reclassified to

Legacy

One LSM, , survived in its original configuration until around 2010. It was in storage at Marine Station Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It was slated to become the centerpiece of the Museum of the Marine, but due to changed plans was scrapped between 2010 and 2014.

See also

*Landing Ship, Infantry *Mark 8 Landing Craft Tank


References


* ''LSM-LSMR: WWII Amphibious Forces'', Turner Publishing Co.; Paducah, Kentucky, * ''Jane's Fighting Ships'', 1980–81
US Navy, ONI 226, Allied Landing Craft and Ships, April 1944



External links



USS LSM/LSMR Association
ibiblio.org
My Life Aboard the LSM-319 by Eugene Carey''The Navy's Smallest Aircraft Carrier'', July 1958, Popular Mechanics
small article on conversion of LSM-445 to a target drone launching vessel {{Warship types of the 19th & 20th centuries Landing Ship Medium (LSM) Category:Landing ships of the United States Navy