Author Topic: BRP Zamboanga del Sur (LT-86) - ex-USS Marion County [LST-975] / ex-RVNS Cam Ban  (Read 683 times)

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From: http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/16/160975.htm

LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 1 December 1944, at Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc., Hingham, MA.
Launched, 6 January 1945
Commissioned USS LST-975, 3 February 1945, LT. David S. Stanley USN in command

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Decommissioned, 16 April 1946, at Subic Bay, P.I.
Turned over to the US Army for Far East operations
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Returned to US Navy custody and reinstated in the Naval Register
Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation System (MSTS), 1 July 1950 as USNS T-LST-975
Recommissioned, 28 August 1950 USS LST-975, LT. Arnold W. Harer USN in command.

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Named USS Marion County (LST-975), 1 July 1955
Decommissioned, 10 May 1956
Placed in service as USNS Marion County (T-LST-975) by MSTS
Placed out of service 26 September 1957, and laid up in the MSTS ready reserve fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Transferred under the Military Assistance Program to the Republic of Vietnam, 12 April 1962, renamed RVNS Cam Banh (HQ-500)
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1963
USS LST-975 earned six battle stars for Korean War service
Following the fall of Saigon on 29 April 1975, RVNS Cam Banh (HQ-500) escaped to the Philippines
Transferred to the Philippine Navy, 17 November 1975, renamed BPR Zamboanga Del Sur (LT-86)

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