HMS LST 178 (LST 178)
Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Tank landing ship|
|Class||LST (Mk 2)|
|Built by||Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. (Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||6 Feb 1943|
|Launched||23 May 1943|
|Commissioned||24 Dec 1944|
|End service||28 May 1945|
On 24 February 1945 HMS LST 178 sailed from Patras, Greece loaded with Army personnel and vehicles bound for Corfu. At 0930 hrs there was a thump (muffled explosion) to port forward followed a few seconds later by an explosion on the port side aft. This second detonation blew the port rudder off and badly damaged the port propeller. Shell plating was badly caved in from the explosion but she remained afloat and could manage 3.5 knots. She was escorted back into Patras by an MGB, arriving at 1400 hrs. After patching up the damege she was declared a CTL. Later towed to Egypt. Decommissioned on 28 May 1945. Returned to the USN on 12 December 1946. Became the Egyptian Aka, under which name she was sunk by a British air strike during the Suez crisis on 1 November 1956 while being prepared for scuttling as blockship near Lake Timsah. Refloated in February 1957, beached and abandoned.
|Former name||USS LST 178|
Commands listed for HMS LST 178 (LST 178)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Sutherland Watt, DSC, RNR||21 Dec 1944||28 May 1945|
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