A COMPARISON OF FRENCH AND US AMPHIBIOUS SHIPS

This paper explores the effects of differing national approaches to amphibious warfare by comparing the capabilities and systems of two amphibious ships, the French TCD (equivalent to LSD in English) Foudre and the US LSD 41 Whidbey Island class. Both classes of ships have broadly similar roles and capabilities, but differing operational doctrines, military requirements and design standards have led to quite different approaches in ship design. These operational differences, as well as other technical ones, have led to outwardly similar but in fact rather different ships. The paper describes the technical differences, between the ships in the context of differing operational requirements, and illustrates how these larger factors greatly influence the outcome of the design process.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Naval Engrs J, v 107 n 3, May 1995, p 167 [18 p, 6 ref, 7 tab, 8 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Ferreiro, L
    • Autret, G
  • Publication Date: 1995

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00717092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM