Small Navies of the World – Landing Ships

Landing Ships

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Azerbaijan – Polnocny A and B class landing ships – Project 770/771 LOA ca. 240′ / 73.2 m TDISP 800 tons (6 active, service since 1992) Transferred from Russia, originally built in Poland the late 1960sPolnocny A Puta Azerbaijan 2018

Equatorial Guinea – Capitan David Eyama Angue Osa 106 (2009) LOA 300′ / 91.4 m TDISP 2,800 tons. Built in China as a civilian RORO ship to be named Salamandra, under some ruse. Armed in the Ukraine.Capitan David Eyama Angue Osa 106 Bata 2016Capitan David Eyama Angue Osa Equatorial Guinea 2015

Finland – Pansio Class LCU / Minelayer LOA 144′ / 43.9 m TDISP 460 tons (3 active, service since 1991)

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FNS Pyhäranta following FNS Tornia missile boat, 2012. Despite the minelaying capability, the bow and stern doors and full length vehicle deck give it more an appearance of an Landing Craft. Credit: MKFI, Public domain,via Wikimedia Commons

Pansio class LCu-mine warfare Turky FInland 2014Pansio class LCU-mine warfare Upinniemi, Finland 2014

Gabon – President el Hadj Omar Bongo L-05 (1984-ca. 2010) BATRAL class landing ship LOA 263′ / 80.2 m TDISP 1,330 tons Appears to have been wrecked or deteriorated at Port Gentil around 2013.President el Hadj Omar Bongo L-05 BATRAL class LS Gabon 2012President el Hadj Omar Bongo L-05 BATRAL class LS Gabon 2018

Libya – PS700 class Landing Ships LOA 330′ / 100.6 m TDISP 2,800 tons. French NORMED 700 design. (2 active, service since 1977)

Libyan navy BATRAL type Ibn Ouf 132, Toulon, ca. 2012. Photograph by Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr, CC BY-SA 2.0 FR , via Wikimedia Commons

PS700 landing ship Libya 2021

Libya – Polnochny-D class Landing Ships Project 773U LOA 267′ / 81.4 m TDISP 1,233 tons. Built Gdynia, Poland, to a modified design with helicopter flight deck. (4, 1 destroyed by fire, rest retired, service 1977-ca.2001)

A Soviet-built Libyan Polnochny C class medium landing ship, 1988. NARA: USN DN-SN-88-07666

Polnocny landing ship Tripoli 2000

Nigeria – NNS Ambe LST-1312 FDR type RO-RO  LOA 285′ / 86.9 m TDISP 1,860 tons (2 built in West Germany, service 1979-ca. 2014) FDR 1300 RORO Lagos 2008

Oman – SNV Nasr al Bahr A-2 (1985) Landing/Logistics LOA 305′ / 93 m TDISP 2,500 tons.

Omani Naval Ship Nasr al Bahr and HMS Monmouth During Exercise Khanjar Ha’ad near Oman
SNV Nasr al Bahr with HMS Monmouth during Exercise “Sharp Dagger” 2011. MoD, SA Hill, LA(PHOT)Crown Copyright 2011, OGL.

Nasr al Bahr WS Oman 2019

Senegal – EDIC (Engin de débarquement d’infanterie et de chars) 700 class Landing Ship Tank LOA 194′ / 59.1 m TDISP 750 tons (2 active, service since 1987)

EDIC Sabre L-9051, 2005. Credit: Marine nationale/Manzano Axel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

EDIC 700 LS Dakar Senegal 2021

Syria – Polnochny B class Project 771 LOA 246′ / 75 m TDISP 850 tons (3 active, service since 1984) Transferred from Russia. Polnocny-B class Tartus Syria 2018

Yemen – Bilqis NS-722 (2002-ca.2017) LOA 291′ / 88.7 m TDISP 1,410 tons. Built in Gdynia, Poland. Largest of the Russian Polnochny class variants with helicopter flight deck. Appears to have capsized in late 2016, and has been deteriorating at the dock in Hodeidah ever since. Bilqis NS-722 LS Yemen 2016Bilqis NS-722 LS wreck Yemen 2021

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