Monday, August 04, 2008
Giants of the Chesapeake II
General Frank S. Besson, Jr. was a noted army commander specializing in logistics, engineering, and transportation support. His contributions were felt in World War II and post-war Japan and included the rehabilitation of the entire Japanese rail system. He developed a roll-on/roll-off technique for rapid loading and discharge of vehicles from watercraft.
In 1987, two years after General Besson's death, the Army completed and deployed a new class of logistic support vehicles or LSV's. This configuration was designed for direct deployment of cargo to shallow water terminals or undeveloped coastlines and inland waterways.
Although these ships are over 270 feet long, they are capable of landing in 4 feet of water. Here is LSV 1, the General Frank S. Besson, Jr., the namesake of its class.
Officers and crew alike watch the tiny boats pass on the steamy Chesapeake afternoon.