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LSMR Landing Ship, Medium (Rocket)

The Landing Ship, Medium (Rocket) LSM(R) incorporated only the outside hull and propulsion of the normal LSM in an entirely new design. Rocket launchers are the automatic, power-driven type, fed by an automatic hoist.

The LSMR, which carried both shorter range guns and rocket launchers able to propel 380 5-inch rockets a minute up to 10,000 yards, were shallow-draft vessels.

USS Clarion River (LSMR 409), USS St. Francis River (LSMR 525), and USS White River (LSMR 536) were recommissioned in Sep/Oct 1950 and decommisioned Apr/May 1970. All earned battle stars. Re-commissioned in 1965 for Vietnam service, they deployed as part of Inshore Fire Support Division 93 (IFSDIV93). LSM(R)s still remaining in the Navy inventory on 01 January 1969 were reclassified as Inshore Fire Support Ship (LFR). By this time the redesignation was basically for paper work purposes as the class had been decommissioned or was about to be decommissioned.

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