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 (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
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.