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SHIP ' S MISSION FORT MCHENRY ' s mission is to transport United States Marines with their combat equipment to designated areas around the world, and then to launch and support assault landing craft and helicopters during amphibious operations against hostile shores. FORT MCHENRY carries the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). The LCAC is an assault hovercraft with the ability to exceed 50 knots while carrying a 60-ton payload. Using this craft, FORT MCHENRY forces are able to carry out an amphibious assault against a wider range of beaches. FORT MCHENRY accomplishes her mission through the use of a well deck which is flooded to embark and launch assault craft. After leaving the ship, the assault craft are directed towards the shore by the ship ' s Combat Information Center. To provide continuing support to the assault force, FORT MCHENRY is equipped with up-to-date communications and combat systems, 20-ton and 60-ton cranes, expand- ed repair facilities, two helicopter landing areas, complete medical and dental facilities, and an automated computer-based supply system.
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SHIP ' S CHARACTERISTICS Keel Laid Launched Commissioned June 10, 1983 February 1, 1986 August, 8, 1987 Complement 22 Officers 19 Chief Petty Officers 372 Enlisted Landing Force 34 Officers 20 Non-Commissioned Officers 450 Enlisted Length 609 feet 7 inches Beam Draft 84 feet 19 feet 7 inches Well Deck 440 feet long, 50 feet wide Floodable to 10 feet aft, 6 feet forward Water Barrier 12 feet 3 inches high, 50 feet long Divides Well Deck into forward (dry) and aft (wet) compartments Helicopter Deck Two spots 212 feet long, 83 feet wide Speed 20+ knots Propulsion Four Colt Industries PC2.5V 16 cylinder diesels 33,000 combined shaft horsepower Two five blade Controllable Pitch Propellers Generators Four Fairbanks-Morse 12 cylinder diesels 1300kw, 2085 amps, 450 volt, 3 phase, AC Ship ' s Boats One MK-6 50 foot utility boat Two MK-12 36 foot LCP(L) ' s One 14 foot punt Cranes One 15-ton gantry crane One 20-ton kingpost crane One 60-ton fixed kingpost crane Turntable 36 foot Diameter 360 degree rotation Capable of handling two M-55 truck Combat systems AN SPS-49 air search radar AN SPS-67 surface search radar LN-66 surface navigation radar AN SLQ-32 electronic countermeasures- set MK-36 MOD-6 SRBOC Two MK-15 MODI CIWS Two 25mm Machine guns Six 50 Caliber Machine guns
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LANDING CRAFT AIR CUSHION L C A C The primary mission area for the LCAC is Amphibious Warfare. The role of the LCAC in this mission is to transport from ship-to- shore and over the beach, weapons systems, equipment, cargo, and personnel organic to the elements of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. In a typical mission, the craft will embark equipment, troops, and or supplies; launch from amphibious ships; transit at high speed to the beach under assault; transit the surf zone and beach; proceed inland to a suitable offload site; offload rapidly; and return to the amphibious ships for reload and follow-on sorties. The LCAC is the production follow-on to the Advanced Develop- ment JEFF Craft which were built and tested by the Navy under the Amphibious Assault Landing Craft (AALC) program. The LCAC is very similar to the JEFF(B) which has undergone test and trials since 1977. The LCAC is currently in production and deliveries are being made to two specially designated Assault Craft Units (ACUs); ACU- 4 located at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk, VA and ACU-5 located at Camp Pendleton, CA. Ch ara Operational Capabilities Speed, Sea State 2 Speed, Sea State 3 Range (Nominal) Temperature Displacement and Capabilities Design Load Displacement Overload Displacement Light Ship Displacement Payload -Design •Overload Draft Off Cushion Fuel Tank Capacity (Approx) Fuel Type Dimensions Length Beam Height Crew Personnel Operating Crew Starboard Cabin Seating upper lower Port Cabin Seating upper lower Propulsion Systems Engines Variable Pitch Propellers Electrical System Generators Batteries Communications Navigation Pitch Roll Heading Speed Radar Radios X
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