landing craft


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landing craft

[′land·iŋ ‚kraft]
(naval architecture)
A combat vessel employed in amphibious warfare to transport mobile equipment, amphibious vehicles, tanks, general cargo, and personnel, and to discharge such directly on to the beach; the vessel ranges from 36 to 135 feet (11 to 41 meters) in length and differs from landing ships in that it is not designed for long transoceanic voyages.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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They joined the "thousands of ships and landing crafts" heading for Normandy, first dropping off a group of army cooks, vehicles and equipment from aboard his vessel at the beaches.
Over nearly 10 years, Schwarz had several jobs; he tried to save money to buy a landing craft. In 1974, he put a $500 deposit on an LCM6 (landing craft mechanized), which cost $25,000.
I can still see the little landing craft going up and down, You had to be careful not to fall between the landing craft and the transport ship.
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Those on flat-bottomed landing craft, however, were pitched and tossed mercilessly.
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It also acquired five naval choppers, three multipurpose attack craft and two landing craft heavy vessels from Australia.