Landing Ship Medium, displacement:539/914 tons, L:62,03m. B:10m. Draft:1,07m. forward, 2,34m. aft, full load:1,93m. forward, 2,51m. aft, 2 Fairbanks-Morse or GM Cleveland diesels:2800 hp. 2 shafts, 13,3 kn. range:5000 nm/7 kn.
Capacity:5 × medium tanks or 3 × heavy tanks (150 tons max. payload, beaching) or 6 × LVTs or 9 × DUKWs, Troops:54 troops, Complement:4 officers, 54 enlisted.
Armament:2 × 40 mm. AA guns, 4 × 20 mm. AA guns.
Landing Ship Medium were amphibious assault ships of the United States Navy in the World War II.
Of comparable size to Landing Ship, Tank and the Landing Craft, Infantry, there were 558 LSM (Landing Ship, Medium) made for the USN between 1944 and 1945. The majority of vessels built on this versatile frame were regular transports however there were several dozen that were converted during construction for specialized roles. Most vessels of this type were scrapped during the Cold War, but several were sold by the United States Department of Defense to foreign nations or private shipping companies.
One LSM, USS LSM-45 survived in its original configuration until around 2010. It was in storage at Marine Station Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. It was slated to become the centerpiece of the Museum of the Marine, but due to changed plans was scrapped between 2010 and 2014.
(Somaliland 2011, 2500 a. StG.?)
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