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USS EPPING FOREST LSD-4/MCS-7

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Specifications:
Displacement 4,032 (light draft), 7,930 (seagoing - loaded)
Length 457' 9" o.a.
Beam 72"
Draft 8' 2 " fwd, 10' " aft (light draft); 15' 5 " fwd, 16' 2" aft (seagoing loaded)
Speed 17 knots maximum (design speed)
Endurance 8,000 miles @ 15 knots
Crew Complement 17 officers, 237 men; Landing Craft: 6 officers, 30 men
Troop Complement 22 officers, 218 men
Well Deck Capacity (varies with mission)
3 LCT (Mk V or VI) each w/ 5 medium tanks or
2 LCT (Mk III or IV) each w/ 12 medium tanks or
14 LCM (Mk III) each w/ 1 medium tank or 1, 500 long tons cargo or
47 DUKW or
41 LVT or
Any combination of landing vehicles and landing craft up to capacity
Armament
1 - 5"/.38 caliber Dual Purpose single barrel mount in open tub (w/director)
2 - 40MM quad barrel Anti-Aircraft mounts (w/directors)
2 - 40MM twin barrel Anti-Aircraft mounts (w/directors)
16- 20MM single barrel Anti-Aircraft mounts (local control)
Aircraft (still in commission in late 40's or early 50's) were fitted/retro-fitted with a prefabricated steel grated "Portable Deck" suspended between the wing walls and supported by removable I-beam girders. The aft end of the portable deck contained a wooden helicopter platform, enabling the ship to land and launch 1 helicopter at a time. Stowage of helicopters was limited to capacity of the portable deck installed for the mission. Aircraft servicing was limited to re-fueling. With portable deck and aircraft platform installed, the Landing ship, dock was still capable of transporting, launching and repairing smaller amphibious craft and vehicles up to the size of a Landing craft, utility (LCU) in their well decks.
Propulsion
# 2 - Babcock and Wilcox Boilers, D Type, 2 Drum, Single Furnace, Single Uptake,
Oil Fired
2 - Skinner Uni-Flow reciprocating engines
Twin Screws

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