Author Topic: BRP Western Samar (LP-66) - ex-USS LSM-355 / ex-RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400)  (Read 1241 times)


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LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium:

Laid down, 11 November 1944, at Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 2 December 1944
Commissioned USS LSM-355, 24 December 1944, LT. H. P. Reeves USNR in command (May 1945)
Decommissioned, 23 October 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 18 September 1950
Decommissioned, 11 January 1954
USS LSM-355 earned two battle stars for Korean War service
Transferred, on loan, to France, 18 January 1954, redesignated L 9011
Transferred to South Vietnam in December 1955, commissioned RVNS Hat Giang (HQ-400)
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Escaped to Philippines after the fall of South Vietnam government, 30 April 1975
Interned at Subic Bay
Transferred, 17 November 1975, to the Republic of the Philippines, renamed BRP Western Samar (LP-66)
Final Disposition, disposed of by Philippine Navy in 1989, fate unknown