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Artist's rendering of the Bell Halter LCAC.
Bell Halter Begins Production
Of First LCAC For Amphibious Forces
Bell Aerospace Textron, divi- sion of Textron, Inc., has started production of the first hull as- sembly for the new U.S. Navy amphibious landing craft. The event was marked by a recent ceremony in New Orleans, La.
The Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) is being built at the Bell
Halter Inc. shipyard in eastern
New Orleans, where the cere- mony was held. Bell Halter Inc. is a company formed by Bell
Aerospace Textron and Halter
Assistant Secretary of the
Navy (Shipbuilding and Logis- tics) George A. Sawyer spoke at the ceremony and described the LCACs as the greatest ad- vance in amphibious warfare since World War II, and the first significant improvement in land- ing craft design since the 1930s.
The ceremony was attended by conferees at the 7th Marine Sys- tems Conference.
The LCAC is an amphibious air cushion vehicle that can travel at speeds up to 50 knots and can quickly transport troops, equip- ment, and weapons from support ships over the horizon to dry ground beyond the beach and surf.
With strong support from Con- gress, the Navy has signed con- tracts with Bell to fabricate six
LCACs. Ultimate purchase of 100 or more LCACs is planned.
With Bell providing quality
LCACs on time and within cost, the Navy plans to introduce the amphibious vessels into the fleet in 1986.
The LCACs will increase the world shorelines suitable for landing by U.S. troops by a fac- tor of four. The LCACs can be carried in existing U.S. Navy as- sault ships as well as new ships under construction. $15.8-Million Contract For
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Maecon Incorporated, Irvine,
Calif., has been awarded a $15,- 824,000 fixed-price contract for the construction of a floating drydock mooring facility at Na- val Station, San Diego. The
Naval Facilities Engineering
Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N62474- 81-C-8263).
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