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USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), nicknamed "Devil Dog", was the second ship named after the battle of Belleau Wood in World War I. Belleau Wood was the third of five ships in a new class (Tarawa-class) of general-purpose amphibious assault ships and combined into one ship type the functions previously performed by four different types: the amphibious assault ship (LPH), the amphibious transport dock (LPD), the amphibious cargo ship (LKA), and the dock landing ship (LSD). She was capable of landing elements of a United States Marine Corps battalion landing team and their supporting equipment by landing craft, by helicopters, or by a combination of both.
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