US Navy accepts delivery of ship-to-shore connector
The US Navy accepted delivery of the next-generation landing craft, ship to shore connector (SSC), landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) 105, on 8 March.
LCACs are built with configurations, dimensions, and clearances similar to the legacy LCACs they replace – ensuring that this latest air cushion vehicle is fully compatible with existing well-deck-equipped amphibious ships, the Expeditionary Sea Base and the Expeditionary Transfer Dock.
LCACs are capable of carrying a 60-75 ton payload. They primarily transport weapon systems, equipment, cargo, and assault element personnel through a wide range of conditions, including over-the-beach.
“LCACs are a critical tool for the Navy, the Marine Corps, and all of our warfighters,” said Amphibious Assault and Connectors Program Manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, Capt. Jason Grabelle.
“This delivery comes at an important time for the fleet, and their inclusion will only strengthen our posture.”
The delivery of LCAC 105 comes after the completion of acceptance trials conducted by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey, which tested the readiness and capability of the craft to effectively meet its requirements.