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LCS Class, Allied Landing Craft


Photograph of LCS-class landing craft

Naval History and Heritage Command #NH 85170

Schematic diagram of LCS

ONI 226


LCS(L) 3

Specifications:


Tonnage

312 tons standard displacement

Dimensions

158'0" by 23'3" by 6'6"
48.16m by 7.09m by 1.98m

Maximum speed     

15.5 knots

Complement
70

Armament

1 3"/50 AA gun
2x2 40mm Bofors AA gun
4x1  20mm Oerlikon AA gun
10 Mark 7 rocket launchers (12 4.5" rockets each)
Protection
10# STS splinter shields to gun mounts and pilot house
Machinery
2-shaft diesel (1600 hp)
Bunkerage
76 tons
Range
5500 miles at 12 knots
Variants
The LCS(S) was a British design that saw little or no service in the Pacific.
The first 30 LCS(L) were armed as shown. The next 63 replaced the 3" with a single 40mm gun, while the remaining 35 replaced the single 40mm with a dual 40mm gun.

Landing Craft, Support ("Mighty Midgets") were large landing craft based on the LCI(G) but built from the keel up as fire support boats for amphibious operations.

All 130 units were completed in 1944 and the first units went into combat in the Iwo Jima landings.


References

Friedman (2002)

MightyMidgets.org (accessed 2011-3-28)
Morison (1959)


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