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Frank S. Besson Class Logistics Support Vessel

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.
Frank S. Besson Class Logistics Support Vessel Copyright © SSG Dave Conklin, U.S. Army

Contractor

Builder: Halter Marine Inc. - Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA

Complement

6 Officers
23 Enlisted Personnel

Capacity

2 000 short tons of cargo

Frank S. Besson Subclass

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 83.21 meters 273 feet
Beam: 18.29 meters 60 feet
Draft (light): 1.83 meters 6 feet
Draft (loaded): 3.66 meters 12 feet
Deck area: 975.48 square meters 10 500 square feet
Bow ramp opening width: 7.92 meters 26 feet
Weight
Displacement: 4 266.38 metric tons 4 199 long tons
Features
Propulsion: two diesel engines
Performance: 3 900 brake horsepower
Range (light): 8 200 nautical miles (~15 180 kilometers) (~9 440 miles)
Range (loaded): 6 500 nautical miles (~12 030 kilometers) (~7 480 miles)

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
LSV-1 GEN Frank S. Besson, Jr. - - In active service
LSV-2 CW3 Harold C. Clinger - - In active service
LSV-3 GEN Brehon B. Sommervell - - In active service
LSV-4 LTG William B. Bunker - - In active service
LSV-5 MG Charles P. Gross - - In active service
LSV-6 SP/ 4 James A. Loux - - In active service

Robert T. Kuroda Subclass

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.

Status

In active service

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 95.71 meters 314 feet
Beam: 18.29 meters 60 feet
Draft (light): 1.83 meters 6 feet
Draft (loaded): 3.66 meters 12 feet
Deck area: 975.48 square meters 10 500 square feet
Bow ramp opening width: 7.92 meters 26 feet
Weight
Displacement: 6 096.28 metric tons 6 000 long tons
Features
Propulsion: two diesel engines
Performance: 3 900 brake horsepower
Range (light): 8 200 nautical miles (~15 180 kilometers) (~9 440 miles)
Range (loaded): 6 500 nautical miles (~12 030 kilometers) (~7 480 miles)

Ship list

Hull number Ship name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
LSV-7 SSGT Robert T. Kuroda - - In active service
LSV-8 MG Robert Smalls - - In active service