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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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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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eristics 40 Knots 30 Knots 200N Miles 10°F to 100T 338,240 368,240 204,325 lb 120,000 lb 150,000 lb 3 ft in 7,132 gal Diesel Marine or JP-5 87 ft 11 in 47 ft in 3 ft 8 in 5 Members Operator, Craft Engineer, Navigator, Group Commander, Troop Commander Seven Troops Deck Hand Engineer Sixteen Troops and Load Master Four Avco-Lycoming TF40B Gas Turbine Each rated at 3955 SHP Max Continuous Two Four-Bladed 11.75 ft Diameter Reversible Two 120 208 vac, 60 Kw Turbomach T-62 APU 24 vdc, Lead Acid Type Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS) with Backup Mag. Compass High Speed Velocity Log (HSVL) Doppler Speed Sensor Surface Search Rader VHF, UHF VHF, HF and Man-on-the- Move Sfi
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