Army & Navy - Whirling Dervish

Congress dished up $1,800,000,000 last week to build a million more tons of landing craft. Much of the money will be spent for the Navy's newest, the LSM (Landing Ship, Medium).

As odd-looking as all the Navy's landing craft, the LSM may become even more famous than the LST. The LSM has a 34-ft. beam, is some 100 ft. shorter than the 328-ft. LST. As in her bigger sister, two doors in her broad nose open and a ramp drops down for her cargo to roll ashore on.

Superficially she resembles an open shoe box, although she is highly complicated. Quarters for...

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