BRP Benguet with YU-207 floating crane
|Builder:||Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company, Jeffersonville, Indiana|
|Laid down:||7 February 1944|
|Launched:||31 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||10 May 1944|
|Renamed:||USS Daviess County (LST-689), 1 July 1955|
|Struck:||1 June 1964|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Philippines, 13 September 1976|
|Name:||BRP Benguet (LS-507)|
|Namesake:||Benguet is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon.|
|Acquired:||13 September 1976|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||LST-542-class tank landing ship|
|Length:||328 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 × General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)|
|Boats & landing |
|Troops:||Approximately 140 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||8-10 officers, 100-115 enlisted men|
Formerly known as USS Daviess County (LST-692), it was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. Named after counties in Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri, she was the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name. She served in World War II and during the Korean War. The US Government transferred Daviess County to the Philippine Navy in 1976, which renamed her BRP Benguet (LT-507). A new classification system implemented on April 2016 changed her hull number from LT-507 to LS-507.
LST-692 was laid down on 7 February 1944 at Jeffersonville, Indiana, by the Jeffersonville Boat & Machine Company; launched on 31 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Alma D. Voelker; and commissioned on 10 May 1944 with Lieutenant R. B. Carothers, USNR, in command.
During World War II, LST-692 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the invasion of southern France in August and September, 1944. Decommissioned in 1946, she was placed in the reserve fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida until reactivated in 1951. She performed active service during the Korean War and thereafter. LST-692 was redesignated USS Daviess County (LST-692) on 1 July 1955.
LST-692 earned one battle star for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean service.
The US Government transferred Daviess County to the Philippine Navy on 13 September 1976, which renamed her to BRP Benguet (LT-507). In 1999, the Philippines stationed Benguet on Scarborough Shoal. China then urged the Philippines to remove her, and the Philippines immediately replied that it would do so. However, the Philippines only removed BRP Benguet from Scarborough Shoal shortly before the official visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to Manila. After the Philippines removed BRP Benguet, she went aground again on Pag-asa Island in 2004, but was removed again and still serves the Philippine Navy today.
In September 2018, the BRP Benguet along with the BRP Sindangan (MRRV-4407), BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) and BRP Nestor Reinoso (PG-380) secured and assisted the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) which ended up being grounded at the Hasa-Hasa Shoal (also known as the Half Moon Shoal) in the South China Sea. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar was eventually pulled out from the shoal a couple of days later.