As a US NavalAttack Transport the USS Calvert transported US troops and equipment from Allied bases to Axis beaches during WWII. The Calvert also saw service as a transport during Korea and Vietnam.
At an invasion staging point, typically located several miles offshore from the target landing beaches, the Calvert’s landing boat crews left the ship and transported men and equipment onto enemy beaches via small-to-mid sized landing craft, and often while under fire. After unloading all men and cargo the Calvert was at times used as a triage point for wounded US soldiers and for transporting German and Japanese prisoners of war back to the United States.
The links below open pages that provide many additional details on the ship herself and the changes she underwent during her 20+ years of service to the US Navy.
- Photographs of the Calvert during her service from 1942 – 1966.
- About the Calvert’s landing craft: LCPs, LCVPs, LCMs, and more.
- The Calvert’s technical and mechanical details.
- The Calvert was a Crescent City class ship, built by the Delta Line originally for the purposes of cargo and passenger service to South America. The Calvert was one of four Crescent City class ships built and all four were acquired by the Navy for service during WWII.
Schematics of the USS Calvert - Source: John Cole, Calversion newsletter. (click picture to open full-size image)
More to come!