Ships and boats designed especially for amphibious operations are listed below. They appear in order of size from largest to smallest in length.
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Abbreviations Used for Certain Landing Boats and Ships in Amphibious Operations
Abbreviation Type LSD Landing Ship Dock LST Landing Ship Tank LSM Landing Ship Medium LSI(L) Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LCT Landing Craft Tank LCC Landing Craft Control LCM Landing Craft Mechanized LCVP Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel LCV Landing Craft Vehicle LCPR Landing Craft Personnel with ramp LCP(L) Landing Craft Personnel (Large) LCS Landing Craft Support LVT Landing Vehicle Tracked LCR Landing Craft Rubber
Ships which support amphibious operations but which were not originally designed for seaborne attack, include those below. They are given in order of length.
Abbreviation Type CV Aircraft Carrier BB Battleship CA Heavy Cruiser CL Light Cruiser AO Oiler CVE Escort Aircraft Carrier APA Attack Transport AKA Attack Cargo Ship DD Destroyer DE Destroyer escort SS Submarine AM Minesweeper
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