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Chuhatsu Class, Japanese Landing Craft


Photograph of Chuhatsu-type landing craft
U.S. Navy. Via Merriam (2006).


Specifications:


Tonnage
8.5 tons light displacement
Dimensions
42'8" by 9'6" by 2'7"
13.0m by 2.9m by 0.8m
Maximum speed       8 knots
Complement
6
Armament
1 machine gun
Machinery
2-shaft kerosene (120 shp)
Range
70 nautical miles (130 km) at 8 knots
Cargo
60 men or 10 tons cargo


The Chuhatsu or 13m landing craft was a smaller version of the Daihatsu used by the Japanese Navy. It resembled the Allied LCVP, with a bow ramp that was lowered on hitting the beach. It was used as a ship's boat for cruisers and for transporting aircraft.


References

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)
Merriam (2006)



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