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British LST 'Empire Kittiwake'
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No: 22619   Contributor: David T. Jackson   Year: 1966   Manufacturer: Davie Yards, Quebec, Canada   Country: Singapore
British LST 'Empire Kittiwake'

L.S.T. (Landing Ship, Tank) "Empire Kittiwake" (4,255 tons gross, built by Davie Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Lauzon, Canada), owned by the U.K. Ministry of Transport & managed by British India S.N. Co., London, in Singapore's Empire Dock in August 1966. She was completed in July 1945 as "LST 3510" for the Royal Navy, renamed "Slinger" in 1947 but remained mostly laid up until being recalled into service during the 1956 Suez crisis, when she was renamed "Empire Kittiwake" & placed under the management of Atlantic S.N. Co. Management was transferred to B.I. in 1961 & she was sold for scrap to Hong Huat Hardware Co., Singapore, in January 1969.
Picture added on 26 August 2013 at 07:15
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I sailed on the Empire Kittiwake from Singapore to Hong Kong and back in 1961 as a security escort for some cipher equipment being delivered to Hong Kong. L/Cpl A M Whitby, Royal Signals.

Added by Tony Whitby on 03 April 2015.
I sailed on the Empire Kittiwake in 1960 when we were involved in the rescue of Japanese surveyors in a hurricane in the South China Sea. I believe a photograph was taken of the ship during the rescue that appeared in the Hong Kong Times showing the hull out of the water. I was accompanied by Sapper Spranger and Sapper Morten from Hull

If anyone has a copy of this photo please post on this site.

Added by Lance Corporal J.J. Wright on 29 September 2015.
Further to my previous comment about the rescue, the photo was taken by Corporal Samprsys

The ship was under the command of the Royal Navy at the time.

Added by Lance Corporal J.J. Wright on 29 September 2015.
I was the third mate 1963/1964 during the confrontation based in Singapore. The Capt. was J V Ricketts.

Added by Dr. Forbes Smith on 12 September 2016.
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