Allied Warships

HMS LST 178 (LST 178)

Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeTank landing ship
ClassLST (Mk 2) 
PennantLST 178 
Built byMissouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. (Evansville, Indiana, U.S.A.) 
Laid down6 Feb 1943 
Launched23 May 1943 
Commissioned24 Dec 1944 
End service28 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 nameUSS LST 178

Commands listed for HMS LST 178 (LST 178)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Sutherland Watt, DSC, RNR21 Dec 194428 May 1945

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