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GRADO tank landing ships (1957-1958 / 1972)


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Caorle 1980  

Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Grado (ex-De Soto County) L9890   Avondale MW, USA 15.9.1956 28.2.1957 10.6.1958 // 17.7.1972 retired 1.1988
Caorle (ex-York County) L9891   Newport News, USA 4.6.1956 5.3.1957 8.11.1957 // 17.7.1972 retired 1.1989


Technical data


Displacement standard, t3859
Displacement full, t7854
Length, m

129.9 wl 134.8 oa

Breadth, m

18.9

Draught, m

4.10

No of shafts2
Machinery

6 Cooper Bessemer diesels

Power, h. p.15000
Max speed, kts

17.2

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

3 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, helicopter deck

Military load23 tanks or 2000t of cargo, 634 marines, 4 LCVP
Electronic equipment3RM20 radar
Complement185


Standard scale images


<i>Grado </i>1980
Grado 1980


Graphics


<i>Caorle</i> 1980  
Caorle 1980  


Project history

Following the failure of the Quarto class landing ships, two De Soto County class LSTs were acquired from the USN. Both were purchased outright in 1981.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

No significant events.