The US Navy has taken delivery of the next generation landing craft, ship to shore connector (SSC), Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 104.

The delivery of the vessel comes after the completion of acceptance trials carried out by the US Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.

The trials were carried out to evaluate the readiness and capabilities of the LCAC 104, as well as to validate the requirements.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships Amphibious Assault and Connectors Programs programme manager captain Jason Grabelle said: “These next generation craft provide our Navy and Marine Corps team with essential agility and speed to complete their missions.

“The reliability and flexibility of the LCAC make them an essential asset to the fleet, protecting the maritime domain now and in the future.”

The new SSC landing crafts are built with similar dimensions, configurations and clearances as that of the US Navy’s legacy LCAC.

This similarity ensures the compatibility of the latest next generation air cushion vehicle with the current well deck-equipped amphibious vessels.

The LCAC crafts help in transporting personnel, equipment, cargo and weapons of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force’s assault elements from ship-to-shore and across the beach.

Currently,  LCAC 105 to LCAC 116 are under production at Textron Systems.

Textron Systems has already delivered LCAC 101 in August 2020, followed by the delivery of LCAC 102 in June last year.

PEO Ships is an acquisition organisation under the US Department of Defence (DoD).

It is responsible for the procurement and development of different vessels for the US Navy including destroyers, amphibious vessels, support ships, special mission ships, boats and other craft.