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.
|Name:||Moku Daihatsu class landing craft|
|General characteristics (Moku Daihatsu-class landing craft)|
|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|
|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|
|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