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The  following  amphibious  ships  carries  landing craft for the movement of personnel and cargo from the ship to shore. General-purpose  assault  ships  (LHAs) Multipurpose  assault  ships  (LHDs) Cargo ships (LKAs) Landing ships (LSDs) Tank landing ships (LSTs) PERSONNEL  BOATS Personnel   boats   (fig.   5-3)   are   heavy-duty, square-sterned boats in various lengths from 26 to 40 feet. They are used to transport officer personnel from ship to shore, act as the ship mail carrier, and to ferry cargo as needed. The larger personnel boats are divided into four spaces: the cockpit, the engine compartment, and the fore-and-aft passenger compartments. The smaller  personnel  boat  has  no  fwd  passenger compartment. A canopy may be installed over the cockpit  during  adverse  weather  conditions. MOTOR  WHALEBOATS  (MWBs) Motor whaleboats (MWBs) are round-bottomed, diesel-powered boats used as lifeboats and shipboard utility  boats. Some ships use MWBs as gigs and officers' boats, in which case they have canvas or herculite canopies. MWBs should never be overcrowded. The Mk 10 MWB Figure  5-3.–33-foot  personnel  boat. 5-3

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