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Project 1171 Tapir
Alligator class

The Project 1171 Tapir Large Landing Ship (Bol'shoy Desatnyy Korabl' BDK) is a beachable, general-purpose LST-type design with bow and stern ramps for unloading vehicles. The ship has a very modern look, compared to WW2 LSTs in that her superstructure appears almost streamlined. A large three-story bridge rises above the low cargo deck. Produced in at least four different types beginning in 1966, there are numerous variations in detail between units. Many have been retired, and remaining units may be in reserve, given the Russian Navy's decreased emphasis on amphibious operations.



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