Dock Landing Ship
The United States Navy Dock Landing Ship (Navy hull classification LSD) was designed to support amphibious operations. These amphibious assault ships transport and launch amphibious craft and vehicles with their crews and embarked personnel. They are mainly used to carry LCAC's (Landing Craft Air Cushion), as well as carrying United States Marines.
Vessels of this classification
Currently there are two classes of LSD's in the United States Navy:
Harper's Ferry Class:
- USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49); Sasebo, Japan.
- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50); Little Creek, Va.
- USS Oak Hill (LSD 51); Little Creek, Va.
- USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52); San Diego, Calif.
Whidbey Island Class:
- USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41); Little Creek, Va.
- USS Germantown (LSD 42); San Diego, Calif.
- USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43); Sasebo, Japan
- USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44); Little Creek, Va.
- USS Comstock (LSD 45); San Diego, Calif.
- USS Tortuga (LSD 46); Little Creek, Va.
- USS Rushmore (LSD 47); San Diego, Calif.
- USS Ashland (LSD 48); Little Creek, Va.
- US Navy Office of Information Fact File - LSD (http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-lsd.html)