The US Navy has taken the delivery of its newest next generation ship to shore connector (SSC), Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 106.

Delivered on 17 November, the new air cushion vehicle has been developed to support the transportation of equipment, personnel, weapons and cargo from ship-to-shore, as well as across the sea.

The latest milestone comes after the successful completion of LCAC 106’s sea trials, which were conducted to assess and validate the performance, readiness and capability of the US Navy’s new craft.

The sea trials were carried out under the scrutiny of the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.

Programme Executive Office (PEO) Ships Amphibious Assault and Connectors Programmes programme manager said captain Jason Grabelle said: “We are excited to deliver this next generation craft to the US Navy and Marine Corps team.

“LCACs are providing our navy and partners with the speed and agility essential to our missions.”

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The LCAC is a high-speed, fully amphibious landing craft, with capability of carrying up to 60t-75t of payload, including an M-1 tank.

According to the US Navy, the construction and design of the new SSC landing craft is based on the dimensions, configurations and clearances of the convectional LCAC vessels.

With a similar built, the next generation SSC air cushion vehicle can easily be integrated with the US Navy’s current well deck-equipped amphibious warships.

Currently, Textron Systems is constructing a total of 11 LCAC vehicles for the US Navy as part of the country’s LCAC programme.

Earlier in June this year, the company handed over LCAC 104 to the US Navy. Prior to this, the company delivered LCAC 101 and 102 in August 2020 and June 2021, respectively.