Take a look at Japan Defense Force LST-4001. Unusual.

Joined: September 20th, 2004, 11:26 pm

July 24th, 2018, 3:47 am #1

https://youtu.be/97jeHFngWeM

If you have time, watch the bow door & ramp operate.  What's your opinion? :-)
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

July 24th, 2018, 6:39 pm #2

I'm assuming that there is a 'left' port door like this one on the 'right' starboard...  It would make it convenient to have two entrances/exits for loading/off loading instead of just one through the bow area.  The door opening process seems a little more entailed than on the 325, but I don't know if that's true.  Could it be a mechanical space saving requirement?    Looking at how the ramp is lowered, it wouldn't seem so.  I think there could be a lot more engineering involved in this process than on 'our' LST.  It's interesting and thanks for sharing!  Gives us another perspective.
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

July 24th, 2018, 6:40 pm #3

Would this type of unloading present a broader target for an enemy?
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