This is the story of my life so far: 67 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
The BDC Trieux
The ship I was posted on in Tahiti in 1971-1972 was a "BDC", that is a "Bâtiment de Débarquement de Chars", or in English a "Tank Landing Ship" (LST).
BDC Trieux in Papeete Harbor
Like the American LSTs, the BDCs their bow had a large door and a ramp that were used to load and unload various material and vehicles, on beaches or in ports.
Because of this design and the fact that the BDCs had small diesel engines, their maximum speed were around 10 knots and could be much slower when the sea was rough.
The BDC Trieux at Sea
There were two other BDCs in Tahiti then: the Blavet and the Dives.
The BDC Trieux crossing the BDC Blavet
In 1967, the Trieux was equipped with an hangar suited for two helicopters Alouette III.
Alouette III Marine
The helicopters were used to transport material on different atolls in French Polynesia, where it was impossible for any ship to dock anywhere or even to anchor.
Cargo-Sling on a BDC
In the next episode, we will see what kind of operations the BDC Trieux was doing during my post.
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