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Harpers Ferry Class

Amphibious Dock Landing Ship, Harpers Ferry Class

The Harpers Ferry class dock landing ship is 609 feet long with a beam of 84 feet.  its full LOAD DISPLACEMENT is 16,708 tons of amphibious striking power.    Armed with two 25mm MK 38 machine gun mounts, two 20mm Phalanx close-in weapons system mounts, six .50 cal machine gun mounts and two rolling airframe missile mounts.  With a crew of 22 officers, 397 enlisted and an embarked Marine detachment of 402 or an additional l02 Marines for surge operations, the ship is designed to transport and launch amphibious craft and vehicles during an amphibious assault operation that include beach landings via landing craft air cushion, landing craft utility, and helicopters onto hostile shores.