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USS Laning APD-55

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Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 23 April 1943, as a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.; Launched, 4 July 1943; Commissioned USS Laning (DE-159), 1 August 1943;

Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport at Philadelphia, PA.; Redesignated (APD-55), 24 November 1944; Decommissioned, 28 June 1946 at Green Cove Springs, FL.;Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs;

Recommissioned, 6 April 1951 at Green Cove Springs; Decommissioned, 13 September 1956 at Bayonne, NJ; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA.;

Reclassified an Amphibious Transport, Small, redesignated (LPR-55), 1 January 1969; Struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1975; Final Disposition, sold for Scrapping, 30 September 1975 to Trebor Marine Corp., Camden, NJ for $53,000.00.

Displacement 1,400 t; Length 306' (oa); Beam 36' 10"; Draft 13' 6" (max); Speed 24 kts; Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts; Complement 186; Troop Capacity 162; Boats 4 LCVP landing craft;

1 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, 3 twin 40mm gun mounts, 8 single 20mm gun mounts, 2 depth charge tracks;

2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive), 2 boilers 2 shafts, 12,000 Shaft horsepower.

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