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  USS LST-456 (Q043, USNS T-LST-456, MV Karkas, MV Bshair)
USN
Landing Ship Tank

1,625 long tons
328' x 50' 8' 3"
2 x Twin 40mm AA
2 x 40mm AA
12 x 20mm AA

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USN Sept 4, 1943
Ship History
Built at Kaiser Shipyard in Vancouver, Washington. Laid down July 10, 1942. Launched October 20, 1942. Commissioned February 3, 1943 as USS LST-456 with Lt. Asa L. Perdue, USNR in command.

Wartime History
LST-456 participated in the Eastern New Guinea operations, embarking the Australian Army soldiers from the 9th Division. On September 4, 1943 made an amphibious landing on Red Beach to the east of the Buso River to the east of Lae then again during September 14-17, 1943. Next during January 2-3, 1944 participated in "Operation Michaelmas" making an amphibious landing at Saidor.

Bismarck Archipelago operation Cape Gloucester, New Britain, 26 to 28 December 1943, 17 to 23 February and 25 February to 1 March 1944 Admiralty Islands landings, 4 to 8 and 11 to 15 March 1944.

Hollandia operation, Altape Humboldt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay, 21 to 25 April 1944.

Western New Guinea operations Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 17 to 18 and 23 to 25 May 1944 Biak Island operation, 27 to 29 May and 31 May to 4 June 1944 Cape Sansapor operation, 30 July, 4 August, and 8 to 14 August 1944 Morotai landing, 15 September 1944.

Leyte operation Leyte landings, 13 to 28 October 1944.

Luzon operation Lingayen Gulf landing, 4 to 18 January 1945.

Consolidation and capture of the southern Philippines Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945.

Borneo operations Balikpapan operation, 28 June to 7 July 1945.

During World War II, USS LST-456 earned eight battle stars for World War II.

Postwar
During January 14, 1946 to February 5, 1946 remained in the Far East as part of Japan occupation service. On February 5, 1946 decommissioned and assigned to Commander Naval Forces Far East (COMNAVFE) to the Shipping Control Authority for Japan (SCAJAP) and redesignated Q043.

On March 31, 1952 transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and redesignated USNS T-LST-456.

On June 15, 1973 struck from the Naval Register and sold for merchant service. On September 27, 1973 sold to Maritime Co., Ltd. in Khorramshahr, Iran and renamed MV Karkas and registered in Iran with International Radio Call Sign (EPAM).

On February 1, 1993 sold to Al Jazya Mar. y Sh. Ag. in the United Arab Emirates and renamed MV Bshair and flagged Bolivian with International Radio Call Sign (CPB020). Sometime afterwards, deleted from Bolivian ship register, date unknown, fate unknown and likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

Relatives
Elizabeth Robinson (daughter of

References
NavSource USS LST-456

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019

 

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