Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Daihatsu Landing Craft

The Daihatsu Class landing craft was a large motorized boat used by the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces during WWII. It had a catamaran hull and bow ramp that was lowered to disembark cargo and troops. 

It was powered by a diesel engine and had a relatively long range for its size. Two Daihatsu landing craft are located in Tanapag Harbor, although the circumstances surrounding their loss are unknown.

(Text courtesy of Ships of Discovery/Coastal Resources Management/CNMI Division of Historic Preservation/Flinders University Dive Guide)

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