LSM Landing Ship, Medium
Needing a landing ship somewhere between the size and displacement of an LCI (Landing Craft, Infantry) and an LST (Landing Ship, Tank), the Navy turned the problem over to its architects and designers who came up with the compact and maneuverable LSM (Landing Ship, Medium).
The Landing Ship, Medium [LSM] was an oceangoing tank landing ship designed to operate with LCI(L) convoys. This new design was derived from a combination of LST and LCT(6) elements, and was initially designated LCT(7). As the war progressed some shipyards only took as little as 53 days from the time the keel was laid up through commissioning.
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