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Moku Daihatsu Class, Japanese Landing Craft


Photograph of Moku Daihatsu landing craft

U.S. Navy. Via Merriam (2006)


Specifications:


Tonnage
8 tons light
Dimensions
49'2" by 11'10" by 1'9"
15.0m by 3.6m by 0.8m
Maximum speed       8 knots
Complement
6
Armament
2 light machine guns
Machinery
1-shaft gasoline truck engine (60 shp)
Range
70 nautical miles (130km) at 8 knots
Cargo
80 men or 10 tons cargo

The Moku Daihatsu or 15m landing craft resembled the Allied LCVP, with a bow ramp that was lowered on hitting the beach. Unlike other Japanese landing craft, the Moku Daihatsu had a wooden hull, constructed of 0.4" (10mm) 5-ply plywood on oak frames and floors, thereby economizing on scarce steel. The hulls were weak and the wood quickly decomposed in the tropics, so that the craft were relegated to logistical support in calm waters.

The Navy ordered 1140 of these craft, but it is not known how many were actually completed.


References

Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)

Merriam (2006)



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