HMS LST 321 (LST 321)
Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Tank landing ship|
|Class||LST (Mk 2)|
|Built by||Philadelphia Navy Yard (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||10 Aug 1942|
|Launched||5 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||31 Dec 1942|
|End service||14 Apr 1946|
Decommissioned and returned to the USN on 14 April 1946.
|Former name||USS LST 321|
Commands listed for HMS LST 321 (LST 321)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Cedric Hugh Metcalfe, RNR||Apr 1943||14 Apr 1946|
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Notable events involving LST 321 include:
20 Jun 1943
Convoy KMS 18A.
This convoy departed the Cylde on 20 June 1943.
It was made up of the following tank landing ships; LST 301 (A/Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) R.F. Hoyle, RNR), LST 305 (A/Lt.Cdr. R.M. Naylor, RNR), LST 319 (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN), LST 321 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Metcalfe, RNR), LST 365 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.F. Halliday, RNR), LST 366 (A/Lt.Cdr. N. Hall, RNR), LST 406 (A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Chaloner, RNR) and LST 424 (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Grandage, RNR).
The convoy was escorted by the sloops HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN), HMS Lowestoft (A/Cdr.(Retd.) L.H. Phillips, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), frigates HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Ness (A/Cdr. T.G.P. Crick, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Pytchley (Lt. R.H. Hodgkinson, RN).
LST 406 developed engine trouble and was detached to Londonderry.
Cover for part of the voyage was provided by the AA cruiser HMS Charybdis (Capt. G.A.W. Voelcker, RN).
The convoy arrived at Gibraltar on 29 June 1943.