Landing Ship Medium

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.

Only one LSM, USS LSM-45 is known to still exist in its original configuration. It is 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, is now in danger of being scrapped or sunk as an artificial reef.

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LSM-1 Class Landing Ship Medium (Transport)

USS LSM-437, of the LSM-1 Class, while underway after World War II
USS LSM-437 underway after World War II
General characteristics
Class and type: LSM-1 class Landing Ship Medium
Displacement: 530 long tons (539 t) empty
900 long tons (914 t) loaded
Length: 203 ft 6 in (62.03 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: Landing :
3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) forward
7 ft 8 in (2.34 m) aft
Full load :
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) forward
8 ft 3 in (2.51 m) aft
Propulsion: Fairbanks-Morse or GM Cleveland diesel engines, 2,800 shp (2,088 kW), direct drive, 2 screws
Speed: 13.3 knots (24.6 km/h; 15.3 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km) at 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph)
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

List of LSM-1 class ships


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