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Lanta LST-4 (LST-714)714 in decay: not a glorious end of such a vessel! ("LST" stays for: Landing Ship, Tank)

History of The USS Stone County (LST-1141)

LST was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious operations by carrying significant quantities of vehicles, cargo, and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore.

Stone County operated along the California coast until 23 October 1969 when she sailed for Guam, via Pearl Harbor. She arrived at Apra Harbor, her new home port, on 19 November 1969.

After an overhaul there, Stone County was transferred under lease to Thailand on 12 March 1970, and she served the Royal Thailand Navy as LANTA (LST-4). She was returned to the custody of the United States on 15 August 1973 and retransferred to the government of Thailand on the same date as a sale. Stone County was struck from the Navy list on 15 August 1973.

Stone County received (4) Battle Stars for Korean service.

[Renumbered to LST-714 between 1995 and 1997, LANTA was still on active duty with the Thai Navy as of May 1999.]

Awards earned during the Vietnam War: Combat Action Ribbon, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, RVN Campaign Medal with 60's device and the Vietnam Service Medal with (5) Battle Stars.

Courtesy Mobile Riverine Force Association

Fire in old navy frigate docked in Krabi

Published: 22 Aug 2013 at 17.47
Online news:

A fire damaged the decommissioned frigate HTMS Lanta, docked at Krabi's Khlong Chilat pier, on Thursday, police said.

No one was injured, said Pol Lt Col Thongchai Sengrod, an investigation inspector of Krabi police station.

Firefighters from three districts took 30 minutes to put out the blaze.

Welders were at work inside the frigate's hull prior to the fire, and police believe sparks from their equipment ignited fuel oil residue inside the ship.

The former HTMS Lanta was built by the US Navy in 1945.The vessel was given to the Royal Thai Navy as part of an aid package and commissioned by His Majesty the King in 1970.

In 1999, the frigate was decommissioned and converted into a historical museum as a tourist attraction.
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