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LCAC 100 project yet to achieve IOC as E-SLEP gets underway

20th November 2023 - 06:56 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland


It will be expected that the new SSCs will offer the USN an improved capability to operate in a more contested environment providing ship-to-shore, shore-to-shore and ship-to-ship logistics support. By riding an air cushion LCAC vessels can access 70% of coastlines as they are not affected by tides, surf conditions or beach gradients. (Photo: Textron)

The US Navy’s (USN’s) Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) project that is procuring new Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) vessels for its amphibious ships has still to attain an. Meanwhile the Extended-Service Life Extension Programme (E-SLEP) for legacy LCAC vessels is ramping up deliveries.

A total of nine new Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 100-class vessels have been delivered to the US Navy’s (USN) Program Executive Office Ships at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City Beach as part of the the maritime force's Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) project. The Initial Operating Capability (IOC) was due to have been achieved after the delivery of six LCACs to the USN.

‘The SSC program has not yet reached IOC,” a US Navy spokesperson told Shephard, ‘The six craft required to achieve IOC have been received by ACU-4 [Assault Craft Unit 4], and the program is progressing with

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Tim Fish


Tim Fish

Tim Fish is a special correspondent for Shephard Media. Formerly the editor of Land Warfare …

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