Unit Takes Assault Craft Ops to New Shores

Assault Craft Unit 5 is a group of five Navy sailors assigned to the USS Boxer (LHD 4) with responsibility for operating a landing craft air cushion vehicle.

What’s a landing craft air cushion vehicle you ask? It’s an amphibious vehicle used to transport Marines and any equipment they need, including large vehicles, from ship to shore and even across certain types of terrain. Basically, it’s a really awesome hover craft that’s capable of carrying whatever Marines need to get their jobs done whether they’re on a humanitarian mission or storming a beach.

Each member of ACU 5 plays a different role on board their LCAC and couldn’t complete their mission without each other. Together they make sure their craft is performing at its best and is ready to take on anything.

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  • Robin Paine

    There is a 700 page book, with 450 pictures called ‘On a
    Cushion of Air’, (www.Amazon.com or http://www.thebookdepository.com
    and Kindle), which tells the story of Christopher Cockerell’s discovery that
    heavy weights could be supported on a cushion of low pressure air, and the
    development of the hovercraft by those who were there, from the very early days
    through to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English
    Channel starting in 1968 carrying 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in
    excess of 75 knots on a calm day. It was subsequently widened to carry 36 cars
    and 280 passengers with an A.U.W. of 200 tones and was later lengthened to an
    A.U.W of 325 tons and capable of carrying 55 cars and 424 passengers. The
    amazing point was that from 165 tons to 325 tons only 400 extra hp was
    required, although a bit of speed was sacrificed, proving conclusively that
    Christopher Cockerell’s theory was sound.

    Sadly, for economic reasons, the service came to an end on
    1st October 2000. In total 6 SR.4s were built and the two remaining ones are in
    the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent. See http://www.onacushionofair.com

  • denvermanjb

    Why not, we just let Chinese navy craft hold exercises invading our coast at
    Bellows AFB on Ohau