Moku Daihatsu-class landing craft

The Moku Daihatsu Class or 15m landing craft was a type of landing craft, used by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. It was similar to the Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP), with a bow ramp that was lowered to disembark cargo upon riding up onto the beach. It was constructed of a plywood hull and powered by a gasoline engine.

Class overview
Name: Moku Daihatsu class landing craft
Planned: 1140
General characteristics (Moku Daihatsu-class landing craft)
Type: Landing Craft
Tonnage: 8 tons
Length: 49.2 ft (15.00 m)o/a
Beam: 11.10 ft (3.38 m)
Draught: 1.9 ft (0.58 m)
Installed power: 60 hp
Propulsion: Gasoline
Speed: 8 knots (14.8 km/h)
Range: 70 nautical miles (130 km) at 8 knots (14.8 km/h)
Capacity: 80 men or 10 tons cargo
Complement: 6
Armament: 2 light machine guns

The landing craft had problems with the plywood decomposing quickly in the tropics.


  • Jentschura, Hansgeorg; Jung, Dieter; and Mickel, Peter. Translated by Brown, J.D. 1977. Warships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1869-1945. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-893-X.
  • Merriam, Ray. 2006. Japanese Landing Craft of World War II. Bennington, VT: Merrian Press. ISBN 1-57638-049-1

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