Blohm+Voss Landing Platform Helicopter Dockship (LHD)


Donald McKelvy
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Blohm+Voss Class LHD
Blohm+Voss Landing Platform Helicopter Dockship (LHD)
Designed and built to the proven standards of the Classification Society Germanische Lloyd, the Blohm+Voss LHD provides a cost-effective means of transporting, putting ashore and supporting a mechanised battalion and its vehicles and equipment by helicopter, landing craft, hovercraft and rafts.

Critical commercial standards have been navalised to harden the ship, in particular in the aspects of vulnerability and damage control arrangements. The ship fits the necessary sensors and effectors for self-defence. The Blohm+Voss LHD’s design uniquely incorporates a stepped ‘Multi-Purpose Deck’ aft, which can be a landing spot for a helicopter, with horizontal hangar access, or used for the stowing of up to 54 TEU containers, allowing the ship to carry a large amount of logistic support equipment and stores without interrupting flying operations, as the large 4800 m² main flight deck remains clear with four landing spots and vertical hangar access. The Main Flight and Multi-Purpose Decks are served by a 24-ton slewing crane. A spacious 985 m² well-dock plus four davit positions provide for carrying of up to eight landing craft of various types. Vehicles are stowed on a special 2250 m² vehicle deck, with RO-RO access via stern and side ramps. Furthermore, the Blohm+Voss LHD is equipped for theatre-level Command and Control of amphibious operations, extensive casualty evacuation and hospital facilities and is capable of carrying 1000 tons of cargo. These capabilities for amphibious operations give this ship superb inherent capabilities for humanitarian operations, disaster relief, and for general logistic support of remote stations and islands. The robust, proven and economical diesel-electric propulsion system driving two CPPs is simple to operate and maintain but provides for superior acoustic signatures, vulnerability and shock resistance as well as a shallower navigating draught than other propulsion arrangements, such as pod-mounted drives.
Technical Data
Main Dimensions

Length o.a. 209.0 m
Beam max. 31.3 m

6.45 m

22,900 t
Speed 21 kn

10,000 nm/12 kn
Propulsion Plant

Diesel Electric
Diesel propulsion generators 6
Electric propulsion motors 2

Crew 534
Embarked Forces 900
Helicopter Payload

Landing spots 5

10 t Hangar
Amphibious Payload

Well Dock 4 x LCM or
2 x LCAC or
1 x LCAT
on Davits 4 x LCVP
2 x RHIB
Vehicle Payload

Main battle tanks 6
amphibious vehicles 20
heavy trucks 40



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