Welcome back to the our channel for a discussion about the U.S. military’s ship-to-shore hovercraft and its many other amphibious assault vehicles. There were only 2 ways to get troops on an island; parachute or landing craft. They had no means to drop tanks from air so the best way was with landing craft. At 15:40 there are some interesting deck deflectors. They seem to be flipped up by downwash and fall flat when not needed. A great idea if I am understanding what I am seeing correctly. I assume the purpose is to protect the deck crew from stong prop blast along the deck surface. This ship and its auxiliary transporters are going to be as important as aircraft carriers and once they are completely integrated into the American fighting doctrine , it will be impossible for any conventional force to withstand the raw force they bring to bear. Only problem with this is the Navy is getting rid of their hoovercraft. Supposedly due to low availability and extreme maintenance requirements. They also have limited usage in higher seas. They could have created a way better ship to carry way more of these. One that could fill itself with water so it could submerge to its top level and than let water out level as level rising at the same time so it could have 100(s) of these it could release in very short order.