USS Bingham (APA-225)

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Name: USS Bingham (APA-225)
Builder: Permanente Metals
Laid down: 22 September 1944
Launched: 20 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs John V. Harrell
Acquired: 23 December 1944
Commissioned: 23 December 1944
Decommissioned: 17 June 1946
Struck: 3 July 1946
Honours and
One battle star for World War II
Fate: Scrapped, 1 September 1983
General characteristics
Class and type: Haskell-class attack transport
Tonnage: 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
Displacement: 6,720 tons (lt), 14,837 t. (fl)
Length: 455 ft
Beam: 62 ft
Draft: 24 ft
Propulsion: 1 x Westinghouse geared turbine, 2 x Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 1 x propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500
Speed: 17.5 knots
Boats and landing
craft carried:
2 x LCM, 12 x LCVP, 3 x LCPU
Capacity: 86 Officers 1,475 Enlisted
Crew: 56 Officers, 480 enlisted
Armament: 1 x 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose gun mount, 1 x quad 40mm gun mount, 4 x twin 40mm gun mounts, 10 x single 20mm gun mounts
Notes: MCV Hull No. 573, hull type VC2-S-AP5

USS Bingham (APA-225) was a Haskell-class attack transport that saw service with the US Navy in World War II.

Bingham was named after a county in Idaho. She was launched 20 November 1944 by Permanente Metals Corporation, Yard No. 1, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract, then transferred to the Navy 23 December 1944 and commissioned the same day, Captain L. F. Brown, USNR, in command.

Operational history

From 1 March to 22 September 1945 Bingham carried and cargo in the Marianas, with one voyage to Okinawa (20-30 June). She then shifted to Operation Magic Carpet runs, returning servicemen from the Philippines to San Francisco (25 September 1945-31 March 1946).


Decommissioned 17 June 1946 at Norfolk, Virginia, Bingham was returned to the Maritime Commission the next day, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 3 July whereupon she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at James River, Fort Eustis.

On 1 January 1968 she was redesignated LPA-225. In May 1975 her title was transferred from the Navy to the Maritime Administration, who sold her for scrap on 1 September 1983. She was broken up in Spain circa 1983-84.


Bingham received one battle star for her operations off Okinawa.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.