USS Electron (AG-146)

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Name: USS Electron
Namesake: A very light particle associated with the elementary charge of negative electricity
Builder: Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts
Laid down: 8 February 1945
Launched: 9 March 1945
Commissioned: 5 April 1945 as USS LST-1070
Decommissioned: 3 December 1946, at Astoria, Oregon
In service: 6 October 1950 as USS Electron (AG-146)
Out of service: 16 November 1956
Renamed: Electron, 1 February 1949
Reclassified: AG-146 Electronics Parts Issue Ship, 27 January 1947; General Store Issues Ship (AKS-27), 18 August 1951
Struck: 1 April 1960
Honors and
one battle star for Korean War service
Fate: sold, December 1960
General characteristics
Type: LST 542-class tank landing ship
Tonnage: 1,625 tons
Tons burthen: 4,080 tons
Length: 328'
Beam: 50'
Draft: (sea-going) 8' 3" forward, 14' 1" aft
Propulsion: two General Motors 12-567, 900hp diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders
Speed: 12 knots
Endurance: 24,000 miles
Capacity: between 1600 and 1900 tons
Complement: 7 officers, 104 enlisted
Armament: two twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors; four Single 40MM gun mounts; twelve single 20MM gun mounts

USS Electron (AG-146/AKS-27) -- also known as USS LST-1070 – was an LST-542-class tank landing ship launched by the U.S. Navy during the final months of World War II. Electron served as both a cargo ship and as an electronic parts supply ship for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and was decommissioned following the Korean War.

Constructed at Hingham, Massachusetts

LST-1070 was launched 9 March 1945 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts; and commissioned 5 April 1945, Lieutenant R. P. Seem in command.

World War II-related service

Sailing from New York City 19 May 1945, LST-1070 arrived in the Philippines 14 July and, except for one voyage to Tokyo Bay to carry occupation cargo, operated there until October.

She shifted to Japan briefly, then returned to Pearl Harbor 6 December to begin conversion to an electronics parts issue ship. In 1946 her conversion was halted and she sailed to the U.S. West Coast where she was placed out of commission in reserve 3 December at Astoria, Oregon She was reclassified AG-146, 27 January 1949, and assigned the name Electron, 1 February 1949.

Korean War service

Recommissioned 6 October 1950 as a result of the Korean War, Electron, with alterations completed at Bremerton, Washington, loaded electronic equipment at Oakland, California, for issue to the fleet.

She sailed from San Diego, California, 2 December for the Far East, arriving at Sasebo, Japan, 5 February 1951. She operated from this port and Yokosuka for the remainder of the Korean war, supplying and supporting Allied forces in the Far East during which time she was reclassified AKS-27 on 18 August 1951.

She remained in this duty after the war, and from 18 January 1955 to 30 April 1955 was stationed at Subic Bay. She returned to the U.S. West Coast in April 1956, and was again placed out of commission in reserve 16 November 1956.

Post-war disposal

Electron was stricken from the Navy List 1 April 1960 and sold in December 1960.

Honors and awards

Electron was awarded one battle star for Korean War service:

  • First UN Counter Offensive (29 to 30 March 1951 and 16 to 18 April 1951).

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