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AKA-15 Andromeda / LKA-61 Muliphen

The AKA-15 Andromeda Class was based on the Maritime Commission C2-S-B1 type. The Attack Cargo Ship was designed to land weapons and supplies on enemy shores. he mission was to offload the cargo quickly and accurately into the boats, then to get them ashore precisely when they were needed, often in the face of darkness, heavy seas, and kamikaze attack. A total of 114 ships were eventually constructed for this purpose. Most were put in mothballs after World War II, and some were recommissioned during the Korean War.

The cargo was combat loaded onto the AKAs-loaded in accordance with a prearranged plan, so when it was offloaded in an amphibious assault, it would be placed ashore ready for combat and in the order required by the troops. The AKAs carried specialized boats, called landing craft, to take the cargo from the ship to the landing area. AKAs were also equipped with guns, primarily for defense from enemy air attack, and secondarily to assist in the shore bombardment that preceded the landing.

All AKAs in the Navy inventory on 1 January 1969 were redesignated LKAs.

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