Textron Marine Systems Delivers 12th LCAC To Navy

John J. Kelly, president of Textron Marine Systems (TMS), division of Textron Inc., recently announced a successful end to 1987 with the delivery of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) -12 to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4). Acceptance of the craft by the U.S. Navy was at the Panama City, Fla., LCAC support facility.

LCAC-12 was driven under her own power from the New Orleans TMS production facility, across the Gulf of Mexico to Panama City.

The LCAC is an amphibious air cushion vehicle that can quickly transport troops, equipment and weapons from support ships over the horizon to dry ground beyond the beach and surf at speeds in excess of 40 knots.

Textron Marine Systems previously delivered the first six LCACs in 1986, and these are currently operating with the U.S. Navy Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet, at ACU-5, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Craft seven through 11 are now in operation at ACU-4 at Little Creek, Va. Eventually, 45 LCACs are scheduled to be deployed at the East Coast base and another 45 LCACs at the West Coast facility.

Textron Marine Systems has another 12 LCACs under construction at its production facility in New Orleans.

The Navy plans to acquire nine additional LCACs in fiscal year 1989, with subsequent procurement of additional craft in the 1990s.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Mar 1988 Mistie Shaw

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