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Landing Craft, Air Cushion In Action

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Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) are air-cushioned, hovercraft naval vessels used for amphibious assault landings. LCACs can move over rocks and beach obstacles, and are less susceptible to enemy mines. The USN and Marines currently employ these craft for beach assualts and special operations.

In 1966 a Landing Craft Coordinating Group was assembled to discuss and draft specifications for a new landing craft. The work resulted in the Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle (PACV) that saw service in Vietnam. By 1970 designs for an Amphibious Assault Landing Craft (AALC) were on the drawing board. The US Navy ordered the first three LCACs February 1982. LCACs move over rocks and other beach obstacles and have reduced susceptibility to damage from mines. The crew consists of five enlisted personnel: Deck Engineer, Load Master, Navigator, Engineer, and Craft Master. LCACs are not given names, only pennant numbers, to differentiate among them. With an originally specified 30-year life expectancy, LCACs would have begun to retire in 2004 except for a major Service Live Extension Program (SLEP) begun in 2001.

Pages: 80
Size: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: MMD-Squadron Signal
ISBN: 9780897478243
Product Code: SS824