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Logistics Support Vessel [LSV]

The Logistics Support Vessels [LSVs] are the Army's largest powered watercraft. They are designed to carry up to 2,000 tons of cargo from strategic sealift ships to shore during operations. The vessels are critical force projection enablers in that they primarily used in intratheater contingency operations and can "beach" themselves on shore to drop off cargo. The LSV provides worldwide transport of general and vehicular cargo. LSV missions include intratheater line-haul in support of unit deployment or relocation; tactical and sustained resupply to remote, undeveloped areas along coastlines and on IWWs; and support to the discharge and backload of ships in RORO or LOTS operations.

Logistics Support Vessel Detachments carry cargo and/or equipment throughout a theater of operations or inter-theater routes not otherwise serviced by the Military Sealift Command (MSC). LSV Detachments also assist in RO/RO or Logistics-Over-The-Shore (LOTS) operations, particularly with container handling equipment, vehicular and other over-size/overweight cargo.

As of in 2002 the Army's fleet boasted six LSVs and there were plans to round out the fleet with three more. By 2006 the fleet had in fact grown to eight vessels.

The Marine Oriented Logistics Equipment Advanced Development Program [PE0603804A] supports advanced component development and prototype equipment for the Army's Logistics-Over-The-Shore (LOTS) missions. Chief among this equipment is the Theater Support Vessel (TSV). The Objective TSV will operate at speeds up to four times as great as the current Logistics Support Vessel (LSV) fleet. This will provide the Army with capability to support operational maneuver from standoff distance; by-pass land-based chokepoints, and reduce the logistics footprint in the Area of Responsibility. This ability to transport both troops and their equipment, and to provide an Enroute Mission Planning and Rehearsal System, does not exist today. The evolutionary acquisition features the current lease of a commercial fast ferry (in cooperation with the U.S. Navy (HSV X-1)), and a lease for another (more capable) fast ferry (TSV-1X), for technology demonstration purposes,currently funded in PE 0604804A. These systems support the Legacy-to-objective transition path of the Transformation Campaign Plan (TCP).

In January 1982 the Secretary of the Army approved a concept for naming Army seagoing vessels. The original concept guidance was to name "only self-deployable vessels in Active and Reserve Component units," i.e., Logistics Support Vessel (LSV), Freight Supply Ship (FS), or Beach Discharge Lighter (BDL) class vessels. In October 1984, a HQDA message noted the Logistics Support Vessel (LSV) as the "replacement" for the BDL and FS.

LSV-1GEN Frank S. Besson, Jr.
LSV-2CW3 Harold C. Clinger
LSV-3GEN Brehon B. Sommervell
LSV-4LTG William B. Bunker
LSV-5MG Charles P. Gross
LSV-6SP/ 4 James A. Loux
LSV-7SSGT Robert T. Kuroda
LSV-8MG Robert Smalls

LSV characteristics and capabilities include:

  • Length (overall): 273 feet.
  • Beam (molded): 60 feet.
  • Displacement (weight): 4,199 LTONs.
  • Deck area: 10,500 square feet (21 to 24 M1 main battle tanks or 25 [50 double-stacked] 20-foot ISO containers).
  • Bow ramp opening: 26 feet wide.
  • Payload: 2,000 STONs (86 C-141 loads).
  • Range: 8,200 nautical miles at 12.5 knots (light); 6,500 nautical miles at 11.5 knots (loaded).
  • Draft: 6 feet (light); 12 feet (loaded).
  • Drive-through capability (bow and stem ramps).
  • Self-delivery range: 6,500 nautical miles.
  • Sustains crew of 6 officers and 23 enlisted per-sonnel for up to 30 days.
  • Transports heavy, outsized cargo including rolling stock, general cargo, and ISO containers.

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