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Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship

The primary mission of the Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ships is to dock, transport and launch the Navy's Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessels and other amphibious craft and vehicles with crews and Marines into potential trouble spots around the world. The ship also has the capability to act as primary control ship during an amphibious assault. The ships were designed as a minimum modification variant of the Whidbey Island Class, it features increased cargo capacity, and contains the same lines and propulsion plant as those ships. The major difference is the well deck, it has been shortened to accommodate added vehicle stowage and cargo storage areas, reducing the number of LCACs carried from four to two, with only one LCU.
Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Ryan Smith, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Contractor

Builder: Avondale Industries - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Complement

22 Officers
397 Enlisted Personnel

Capacity

Marine detachment
402 Marines (plus 102 surge)
Vehicles / landing craft
2 x Landing Craft Air Cushion
- OR -
1 x Landing Craft Utility 1646 Class
- OR -
15 x Amphibious Assault Vehicle

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 185.62 meters 609 feet
Beam: 25.6 meters 84 feet
Height: 54 meters 177.17 feet
Draft: 5.79 meters 19 feet
Weight
Displacement: 16 976.11 metric tons (at full load) 16 708 long tons (at full load)
Features
Propulsion: four Colt Industries, 16 Cylinder Diesels, two shafts
Performance: 33 000 shaft horsepower
Speed: 20+ knots (37+ kilometers per hour) (23+ miles per hour)
Range: 8 000 nautical miles (~14 800 kilometers (at 20 knots)) (~9 200 miles (at 20 knots))

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
LSD 49 USS Harpers Ferry 1994-11-01 - In active service
LSD 50 USS Carter Hall 1995-09-30 - In active service
LSD 51 USS Oak Hill 1996-06-08 - In active service
LSD 52 USS Pearl Harbor 1998-05-30 - In active service
LSD 53 - - Cancelled
LSD 54 - - Cancelled
LSD 55 - - Cancelled
LSD 56 - - Cancelled
LSD 57 - - Cancelled
LSD 58 - - Cancelled
LSD 59 - - Cancelled
LSD 60 - - Cancelled