High-speed Transport (APD) Amphibious Transport, Small (LPR) Photo Index
APDs were intended to deliver small units such as UDT teams and Army Ranger units onto hostile shores. They could carry up to a company size unit. They were also capable of standing off shore and providing gunfire support as needed. The earliest High-speed Transports were World War I vintage flush-deck destroyers. These ships had two boilers and their stacks along with all of their torpedo tubes removed during conversion to APDs. These were replaced by four landing craft (LCP(L)s, their handling machinery and troop stowage and quarters. Because of the kamikaze threat being encountered, the fast transports were relatively well armed; 3"/50s replacing her original 5"/50s, single 40mm guns aft along with five 20mm A.A. guns. To offset these additions four depth charge throwers and a single depth charge stern rack were removed.The later APDs were newly constructed DEs. These ships were converted to High-speed Transports by increasing troop berthing and equipment storage amidships, adding four LCVPs and a boom crane aft. All APDs in the Navy inventory on 1 January 1969 were redesignated (LPR).
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