Landing party

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Armed U.S. landing party wearing dixie cup hats at Puerto Cortés, Honduras, circa 1903

A landing party is a portion of a ship's crew designated to go ashore from the ship and take ground, by force if necessary. In the landing party promulgated by the US Navy 1950 Landing Party Manual, the party was to be equipped with small arms – at least a rifle platoon for a destroyer; up to a rifle company plus machine gun platoon for a cruiser. Embarked Marines were to be used where possible.[1][2]

In World War II, amphibious landings were supported by large groups designated a "shore party". After World War II, the U.S. Navy organized Beachmaster Unit One and Beachmaster Unit Two.[3]


  1. ^ Landing party manual, United States Navy, 1950, United States Navy, 1950, p. 4 – via Internet Archive
  2. ^ Dictionary of Military Terms. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. 2009-07-29. ISBN 9781602396715.
  3. ^ Beachmaster Unit ONE official unit history, Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific, United States Navy Pacific Fleet, retrieved 2018-08-29

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