Ashland-class dock landing ship

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A Landing Ship, Dock (hull classification LSD) is a form of auxiliary warship designed to support amphibious operations. The Ashland class dock landing ship were the first of the type and were built during World War II.

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USS Ashland (LSD-1) underway off Cape Henry, Virginia, 20 May 1953
Class overview
Builders: Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company
Operators:  United States Navy
Succeeded by: Casa Grande-class dock landing ship
In commission: 1943 - 1944
Planned: 8
Completed: 8
Active: 0
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,032 tons (light draft),
7,930 tons (loaded)
Length: 457 ft 9 in (139.52 m)
Beam: 72 ft 2 in (22.00 m)
Draft: 15 ft 5.5 in (4.712 m) fwd,
16 ft 2 in (4.93 m) aft (loaded)
Propulsion: 2 Babcock and Wilcox boilers, oil-fired; 2 Skinner Uni-Flow reciprocating engines; Twin screws
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Endurance: 8,000 nm at 15 knots
(15,000 km at 28 km/h)
Capacity: 22 officers, 218 men
Complement: 23 officers, 267 men
Armament: 1 × 5 in / 38 cal. DP gun;
2 × 40 mm quad AA guns
2 × 40 mm twin AA guns
16 × 20 mm AA guns

Ships[edit]

Ship Hull No. Builder Commissioned
Ashland LSD-1 Moore, Oakland 5 June 1943
Belle Grove LSD-2 Moore, Oakland 9 August 1943
Carter Hall LSD-3 Moore, Oakland 18 September 1943
Epping Forest LSD-4 Moore, Oakland 11 October 1943
Gunston Hall LSD-5 Moore, Oakland 10 November 1943
Lindenwald LSD-6 Moore, Oakland 9 December 1943
Oak Hill LSD-7 Moore, Oakland 5 January 1944
White Marsh LSD-8 Moore, Oakland 29 January 1944

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