landing craft


Definition of landing craft

: any of numerous naval craft designed for conveying troops and equipment from a transport to a beach in an amphibious assault

Examples of landing craft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His landing craft exploded after hitting a mine and he was wounded. Rebecca Santana,, "Bill would give Black World War II medic from Maryland a posthumous Medal of Honor," 9 Sep. 2020 The Marines said Perez lost his life when his landing craft took on water off San Clemente Island, Calif.. Sig Christenson,, "Fallen Marine from New Braunfels to be buried today in San Antonio," 27 Aug. 2020 An amphibious assault ship, the Bonhomme Richard is designed to carry thousands of Marines and deploy them from landing craft and helicopters. John Ismay, New York Times, "Sailor Questioned in Suspected Arson Aboard Navy Warship," 26 Aug. 2020 Two of eight troops missing after their landing craft sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise have been identified as Oregon men. Staff And Wire Reports, oregonlive, "2 Oregon troops among 8 missing, presumed dead near San Diego," 3 Aug. 2020 The search and rescue operation for eight U.S. servicemen who went missing last week after their landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off San Clemente Island in California during a training exercise has ended. Star Tribune, "Search for Marines and sailor ends in California," 2 Aug. 2020 Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast, authorities said. USA TODAY, "Authorities recover bodies from sunken Marine landing craft off California coast," 8 Aug. 2020 Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of seven Marines and a Navy sailor who were killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast, authorities said. CBS News, "8 bodies recovered after Marine landing craft sinks off California," 8 Aug. 2020 The Royal Australian Army units embarked on Canberra used landing craft to deliver food and supplies to the fishing boat crew while the HC-130 airdropped a radio and message that the Independence was headed to pick them up. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S., Australian Forces Rescue Island Castaways by Chance," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of landing craft

1940, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Landing craft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of landing craft

: a boat or ship designed to bring soldiers and equipment to the shore

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