The US Navy’s Ship to Shore Connector (SSC), Land Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 has concluded acceptance trials.

The trials were concluded in the week commencing 8 June following the completion of a series of graded in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).

During the acceptance trials, the US Navy’s second SSC underwent integrated testing and demonstrated the capability of its installed systems, meeting all the mission requirements.

These demonstrations are necessary to validate the quality of construction as per navy’s specifications prior to the delivery.

Given that INSURV is the authority to provide approval for ships and craft undergoing acceptance trials, LCAC 101 can now commence delivery preparations.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships amphibious warfare programme manager Tom Rivers said: “The first operational production unit for the next-generation landing craft, LCAC 101, performed well having incorporated lessons learned from the recent Craft 100 at-sea trials.

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“LCAC 101 successfully demonstrated the ability to operate both on and off cushion at full load through the full range of speed, payload and manoeuvring requirements.”

The SSC is a replacement for the current fleet of legacy LCAC vehicles.

It will be mainly used to transport weapon systems, equipment, cargo, and personnel of the assault elements through diverse environmental conditions.

SSCs are constructed at Textron Systems, Marine & Land Systems in Slidell, Los Angeles.

Developed with similar configurations, dimensions, and clearances to the older LCAC, SSCs ensure compatibility with existing amphibious ships and Expeditionary Transfer Dock and Expeditionary Sea Bases.

Besides delivering Craft 100, Textron has concluded testing on the LCAC 101. Currently, 12 craft are under production with an additional ten on contract.

PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, boats and craft.