Dock Landing Ships support amphibious operations including landings via Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), conventional landing craft and helicopters, onto hostile shores.
Background These ships transport and launch amphibious craft and vehicles with their crews and embarked personnel in amphibious assault operations.
LSD 41 Whidbey Island-class was designed specifically to operate LCAC vessels. It has the largest capacity for these landing craft (four) of any U.S. Navy amphibious platform. It will also provide docking and repair services for LCACs and for conventional landing craft. Beginning in 1987, the Navy requested $324.2 million to begin construction on the LSD 49 Harpers Ferry-class which reduced LCAC capacity to two while increasing cargo capacity.
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General Characteristics, Harpers Ferry Class
Builder: Avondale Industries Inc., New Orleans, LA.
Date Deployed: 7 January 1995 (USS Harpers Ferry)
Propulsion: Four Colt Industries, 16 Cylinder Diesels, two shafts, 33,000 shaft horsepower.
Length: 609 feet (185.6 meters).
Beam: 84 feet.
Displacement: 16,708 tons (16,976.13 metric tons) full load.