landing craft

noun Navy.
any of various flat-bottomed vessels designed to move troops and equipment close to shore.

Origin:
1935–40

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landing craft
 
n
military any small vessel designed for the landing of troops and equipment on beaches

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landing craft

small naval vessel used primarily to transport and tactically deploy soldiers, equipment, vehicles, and supplies from ship to shore for the conduct of offensive military operations. During World War II the British and Americans mass-produced landing craft, modifying them throughout the war to perform a wide variety of tasks.

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Once they have reached lunar orbit, astronauts will use the landing craft to travel to the moon's surface.
His landing craft came under such heavy fire that it had to back off from its original destination.
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