preloaded vehicles, ammunition, fuel, and all sorts of
supplies. LSTs built after the war were of the same
general design but were larger and faster. They had
certain added features that enabled them to carry out
their missions more effectively than those built before
Bow doors and a bow ramp on LSTs of the World
War II era gave access to a huge hold called the tank
deck. Another ramp from the main deck to the tank
deck enabled vehicles to reach the main deck under
their own power. One of the added features in the
postwar design is a turntable in the forward part of
the tank deck. The turntable allows vehicles to turn
without a great deal of maneuvering. Another feature
is booms and winches mounted on the main deck
forward of the deckhouse to aid cargo handling.
Figure 19-16.-Tank landing ship USS Newport (LST-1179).
Figure 19-17.-USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20).