The Frank S. Besson Class Logistics Support Vessels (LSV) are the Army's largest powered watercraft. They are designed to carry up to 2,000 tons of cargo from strategic sealift ships to shore during operations. The vessels are critical force projection enablers in that they primarily used in intratheater contingency operations and can "beach" themselves on shore to drop off cargo. The LSV provides worldwide transport of general and vehicular cargo.
The newest ships of the class are longer than the older ships in class. This extra length allows for a false bow or "visor" that protects the vessel's front ramp and makes it easier to slice through rough water. Kuroda has the same amount of deck space and draft as the older LSVs, but displaces 6,000 tons compared to their 4,200 tons, and has engines that produce more than twice as much horsepower.