Landing craft today are used to deliver supplies directly onto a beach. Usefull in stocking off the beaten track camps, resorts. Landing Craft Assault (LCA) used in the Invasion of Normandy in World War II are noiw used in recreation and commercial applications. A US Fast Landing Craft Utility (LCU) arrives to un-load supplies and gear in an exercise in Ternate, Cavite, Philippines Landing craft are small and medium seagoing watercraft such as boats, and barges, used to convey a landing force (passengers and vehicles) through the sea to the shore in the course of an amphibious landing. The definition of excludes landing ship that are larger. World War II was the birth of the landing craft, with a significant number of different designs produced in large quantities by the united kingdom and United states. Because of the need to run up onto a suitable beach, World War II landing craft were flat-bottomed, and many designs had a flat front, often with a lowerable ramp, rather than a normal bow. This made them difficult to control and very uncomfortable in rough seas. The control point (too rudimentary to call a bridge on LCA and similar craft) was commonly at the extreme rear of the vessel, as were the engines. In all cases, they were known by an abbreviation derived from the official name rather than by the full title.
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