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USS Tarawa LHA-1 is a United States Navy amphibious assault ship, the lead ship of her class and the second ship to be named for the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. The Tarawa-class ships are designed to embark a reinforced battalion of the United States Marine Corps and their equipment. Onboard accommodation is provided for up to 1700 Marines, while 33730 cubic feet (955 m3) is provided for the battalion's vehicles and 116900 cubic feet (3310 m3) is allocated for stores and other equipment. As well as deploying by helicopters, personnel and equipment can be embarked or offloaded via a 268-by-78-foot (82m by 24m) well deck in each ship's stern. Up to four LCU 1610 landing craft can be transported in and operated from the well deck, along with other designs and combinations of landing craft (two LCU and two LCM-8, or 17 LCM-6, or 45 LVT). The Tarawa design was later repeated for the Wasp-class amphibious assault ships, with some changes. The main changes to the latter eight-ship class include the lower placement of the ship's bridge aboard the Wasps, the relocation of the command and control facilities to inside the hull, modifications to allow the operation of Harrier jump-jets and Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercraft and removal of the 5-inch guns and their sponsons to increase the overall size of the flight deck.
This kit contains all necessary parts for assembling ONE USS Tarawa LHA-1 assault ship model under 1/1800 scale to be used on same scale ships and make a fine diorama display. Any additional diorama accessories are not included and should be purchased separately.