Army & Navy - EQUIPMENT: Completed Armada

The Navy last week admitted that it had a brand-new type of ship which has been added to fill out its invasion repertory. The LSM (Landing Ship, Medium) is expected to fill the last gap in the range of vessels needed for amphibious jobs.

Details on the LSM's use and operation were carefully withheld, its construction only sketchily described: it is over 200 ft. long, somewhere between big and small tank-landing vessels (LST and LCT)

From the Navy's landing-vessel program has come a motley lot of odd, ugly but effective craft for beach assault. The LSM is the last of eleven basic...

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