Navy Extends LCAC Service Life by Upgrades

Press Releases
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 8: Photo credit USN

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) modernization programs keeps them operational until replaced by the new 'Ship to Shore Connectors'.

Originally designed to be in service for 20 years, the program will extend the class’s operational life to 30 years.

The fully amphibious LCACs are capable of carrying a 60 to 75 tons of equipment, including M-1 tanks , while travel at speeds of more than 40 knots. Because they ride on a cushion of air — no part of an LCACs hull penetrates the surface of the water — the vessels are less susceptible to mines than other assault craft or vehicles.

The LCAC Service Life Extension Program, which began in 2000, is actively improving these versatile platforms. In conjunction with repairs and craft mods to extend the service life, the program includes upgrading the power train to decrease fuel consumption and maintenance while providing additional power to the craft. The Navy also is replacing older technologies, including the command, control, communications, computer and navigation systems.

Of the 91 LCACs originally built, the Navy intends to put 72 operational craft and one test craft through the Service Life Extension Program. As of February 2013, 43 craft have received upgrades, eight additional crafts are currently undergoing upgrades and an additional 22 crafts are planned for upgrades through Fiscal Year 2018.

The LCACs will continue to support a wide range of amphibious operations until the replacement Ship to Shore Connectors reach initial operational capability in 2020.
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

Liquefaction Terminals to Dominate LNG Capital Expenditure

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global LNG facilities is expected to total $259 billion (bn) over the period 2015-2019, with investments expected to be 88% larger

Ennsub Delivers ROV Deployment Systems

Ennsub has completed the design and manufacture of two workclass remotely operated vehicle (WROV) deployment systems for ROVOP, due to be installed into a newbuild

Wärtsilä to Proceed with first LNG Terminal

Wärtsilä has been given full notice to proceed (NTP) from Manga LNG Oy for the supply of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in Tornio, Northern Finland.

Ship Repair & Conversion

Keeping to the Schedule in the Pacific Northwest

When a tightly scheduled repower for the Kodiak-based trawler Sea Mac in early December took a very bad turn, Mike Fourtner used his 25 years of fishing experience

Optimarin ,Goltens Ink BWT Retrofit Agreement

Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin and Goltens, a provider of engineering and installation solutions for the shipping industry, have signed a nonexclusive

China's Scrap Yards Apply for EU Regulation

China's Zhoushan Changhong International Ship Recycling and Jiang Xiagang Changjiang Ship Recycling Yard, world’s two biggest ship scrap yards by capacity,  have

Navy

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

US Navy: Tortuga Allision Costs CO, XO Their Jobs

USS Tortuga's (LSD 46) Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Thomas Goudreau and Executive Officer, Cmdr. John Fleming, were relieved of their duties Dec. 16, due to loss of

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines.

Eye on the Navy

Damen Outfitting First of Nine Bahamas Patrol Boats

The first of nine Damen Stan Patrol 3007s ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has arrived at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands for outfitting.

NRL Researchers Demo Ship-to-Shore Data Link

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) along with Mercury Continuity (MC) have demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.

NASSCO Opens Bremerton Repair Facility

General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Bremerton, Wash., yesterday. The facility will support the company’s recently-awarded contract to repair and maintain U.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1756 sec (6 req/sec)