Haze Gray Mystery Picture #105 Answer


Can You Identify This Ship?

This is the Japanese amphibious ship Osumi (LST 4001).

This new ship, although bearing a tank landing ship designation (LST) and presenting the appearance of a helicopter assault ship (LPH), is actually an amphibious transport dock (LPD). She features a docking well for two LCACs at the stern, with a two-spot helicopter deck above. The remainder of the apparent "flight deck" is actually intended as a parking area for vehicles (or aircraft). Some authors have suggested that this clear deck is intended to allow VSTOL aircraft operations in the future, but the wide island superstructure effectively prevents this. These is no hangar deck for aircraft.

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