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A dock landing ship (also called Landing Ship, Dock or LSD) is an amphibious warfare ship with a well dock to transport and launch landing craft and amphibious vehicles.[1] Some ships with well decks, such as the Soviet Ivan Rogov class, also have bow doors to enable them to deliver vehicles directly onto a beach (like a Landing Ship, Tank [LST]). Modern dock landing ships also operate helicopters.

A ship with a well deck (docking well) can transfer cargo to landing craft in rougher seas than a ship that has to use cranes or a stern ramp.[2] The US Navy hull classification symbol for a ship with a well deck depends on its facilities for aircraft - a (modern) LSD has a helicopter deck, a LPD also has a hangar, and a LHD or LHA has a full-length flight deck.[2]


The LSD (US Navy hull classification for Landing Ship, Dock) came as a result of a British requirement during the Second World War for a vessel that could carry large landing craft across the seas at speed.

The first LSD came from a design by Sir Roland Baker who had designed the British Landing Craft, Tank. It was an answer to the problem of launching small craft rapidly. The "Landing Ship Stern Chute", which was a converted train ferry, was an early attempt. Thirteen Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) could be launched from these ships down the chute. The Landing Ship Gantry was a converted tanker with a crane to transfer its cargo of landing craft from deck to sea - 15 LCM in a little over half an hour.[3]

The design was developed and built in the US for the USN and the Royal Navy. The LSD could carry 36 LCM at 16 knots. It took one and a half hours for the dock to be flooded down and two and half to pump it out. When flooded they could also be used as docks for repairs to small craft.

Amphibious vehicles inside a US LSD

Vessels of the LSD hull classification[edit]

In the United States Navy, two related groups of vessels classified as LSDs are in service as of 2011, the Whidbey Island and Harpers Ferry classes, mainly used to carry hovercraft (LCACs), operate helicopters, and carry Marines.[4]

The Dutch and Spanish collaborated on the "Enforcer" design which entered service as the Rotterdam-class amphibious transport dock and Galicia-class landing platform dock.

The British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) operates three Bay-class landing ships - related to the Enforcer design - in support of the Royal Navy's operations while a fourth ship of the class, previously in RFA service, is now operated by the Royal Australian Navy.

Former US LSDs include: Ashland class, Casa Grande class, Thomaston class and Anchorage class.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mother of Minesweepers". Popular Mechanics: 97–104, see drawings pp. 98–99. February 1952. 
  2. ^ a b "World Wide Landing Ship Dock/Landing Platform Dock". Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  3. ^ Brown 2006, p. 145
  4. ^ US Navy Office of Information Fact File - LSD

Cited literature[edit]

  • Brown, D. K. (November 2006). Nelson to Vanguard. Annapolis, Maryland: US Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-59114-602-X. 

External links[edit]

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Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:11:01 -0700

Sailors applauded when Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald, commander of the Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, gave Leach command of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship in May 2013, after the departure of the previous captain, Cmdr. Carol McKenzie, ...

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0700

U.S. Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall walk across the well deck to board a landing craft to transport them ashore in Djibouti for an exercise, April 15, 2014. Hendrick Simoes/Stars and ...
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:41:15 -0700

The Improved Navy Lighterage System quickly transferred gear from mud flats to the dock landing ship Whidbey Island, which was fully equipped for relief operations within one day. But the system provided many challenges, as well. “The INLS is not a ...
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:33:45 -0700

The Marine Corps showed off a prototype of its Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC) last week during Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii, running it from the Navy's amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore to the beaches of Marine Corps ...

The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginian-Pilot
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:27:04 -0700

With 185 Marines from Camp Lejeune, sailors and Seabees loaded forklifts, pickups and flat-bed trucks onto mobile docks Wednesday and motored them over to the dock landing ship Whidbey Island. The vehicles were loaded into the ship's well deck, ...
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0700

The Peleliu ARG will be comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). "Shipboard planning, training, rehearsals, and mission ...
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:18:45 -0700

Equipment, supplies, sailors and Marines are loaded onto an LSD -- a dock landing ship, the "pickup truck of the Navy," according to Command Master Chief Rick Dyksterhouse of the Whidbey Island. The ship can be deployed within 24 hours. "I like to call ...
Military Times
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:11:27 -0700

Meanwhile, the Makin Island amphibious ready group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is also en route to CENTCOM, where it is scheduled to replace the Bataan ARG. The amphibious assault ship Makin Island, dock landing ship Comstock ...

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