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Todays Landing craft ships are huge compared to their WW2 counterparts.

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3 minutes ago, torpsRus said:

Todays Landing craft ships are huge compared to their WW2 counterparts.

I had to help unload a modern landing craft in Kuwait back in 2003. Top deck was packed plus around 7 levels loaded with vehicles. 

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Nice!  Good to see a few old vets still out there kicking around.

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One was moored next to us when I was in Sasebo Japan on West Pac. They are way different than the ones we had at the time.

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I visited her when I lived in Evansville. She was sold to the Greek Navy in the 50's. They finally were going to scrap her, when a vet group in Evansville raised enough to buy her. They then flew to Greese and sailed her back to Evansville. She is the last LST left intact. 

 

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Always great to see living naval history in action!

Thanks for sharing and Semper Fidelis!

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29 minutes ago, Gneisenau013 said:

Always great to see living naval history in action!

Thanks for sharing and Semper Fidelis!

#anchorsaweigh

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I was very lucky to get to see it. LST 325 was at D-day as well. The ship is open for tours and has a very interesting history(was a Greek navy ship for many years.)

Thank you!

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On 7/1/2018 at 12:06 PM, Sovereigndawg said:

One was moored next to us when I was in Sasebo Japan on West Pac. They are way different than the ones we had at the time.

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Yep, 

The Newport class LST (pictured above) were designed to eliminate the blunt bows of earlier LST's which limited their top speed to around 15 knots which made them incapable of keeping up with a modern amphibious group.  For those who haven't seen one, the top of the bow splits apart and the large crane section sticking out from her front moves and lowers a ramp for the vehicles to depart on to the beach. 

These vessels themselves have been rendered obsolete by new air cushioned landing craft and most almost all have since been sold to other navies or have been scrapped/expended.  The last two in US service are currently awaiting final disposal, the USS Boulder and USS Racine. 

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