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Mount McKinley Class, U.S. Amphibious Command Ships


Photograph of Mount McKinley-class amphibious command ship

U.S. Navy. Via ibiblio.org


Specifications:


Tonnage 7510 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 459' by 64' by 24'
139.90m by 19.51m by 7.32m
Maximum speed       17 knots
Complement 696 
Armament 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
4x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
14 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (6000 shp)
2 B&W boilers
Bunkerage
5100 tons fuel oil
28,140 gallons (106,520 liters) landing craft fuel
Range
44,000 nautical miles  at 12 knots
81,000 km at 12 knots
Sensors
SK-2 air search radar
SP fighter direction radar
TDY radar jammer
Passengers
336
Modifications
Up to 20 20mm guns by war's end


The Mount McKinleys were completed in 1944.  They were Maritime Commission C2-S-AJ1 hulls converted to amphibious command ships. Though intended primarily as command centers, they carried a small number of troops and were equipped with 2 LCVP, 4 LCPL, 2 LCPR and 2 LCC. The ships proved so useful that they were still being modernized as late as 1963.


Units in the Pacific:

Mount McKinley

Arrived 1944-6-15

Wasatch

Arrived 1944-7-3

Mount Olympus      

Arrived 1944-7-8

Auburn

Arrived 1944-7-20

Estes

Arrived 1944-11-5

Panamint

Arrived 1944-11-29

Teton Arrived 1945-1-1


References

DANFS

Friedman (2002)

Worth (2001)



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