HMS LST 319 (LST 319)
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||15 Dec 1942|
|End service||17 Dec 1945|
Decommissioned and returned to the USN on 17 December 1945.
|Former name||USS LST 319|
Commands listed for HMS LST 319 (LST 319)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) John Gilbert Sutton, RN||Apr 1943||13 Jul 1944|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. James Ritchie Ballentyne Campbell, RNR||13 Jul 1944||17 Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving LST 319 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.