Just in case you thought that the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) wasn't enough of a threat to bad guys the world over, the navy just completed LCAC Interface testing with the USNS Montford Point - a.k.a. the Mobile Landing Platform...
The Strategic and Tactical Mobility of force multiplying resources like AAV's, HMMWV's, and other Tactical vehicles are critical to the success of Expeditionary Military Forces. So, you load up your gear on the LCAC, load the LCAC on the MLP, and then sail just short of the horizon from the bad guys and wait for them to flinch. Impressive stuff, that.
Images courtesy of the U.S. Navy.
The NAVSEA Press Release goes on to say....
During the test, LCACs from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Five transported Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAVs) and their crews from their Camp Pendleton base and offloaded them onto the Montford Point, demonstrating the MLP's ability to serve as a mobile seabase, facilitating at-sea transfers and ultimate delivery of equipment ashore.
"These tests mark the first complete demonstrations of Montford Point's capabilities working with Fleet assets," explained Capt. Henry Stevens, Strategic and Theater Sealift program manager for Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "These tests prove just how valuable this vessel will be in support of at-sea operations for the Navy."
Crews from both the LCACs and Montford Point conducted briefs, training and additional drills to support the interface testing and provided operators an opportunity to increase familiarity with the MLP class in preparation for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) later this year. The tests also demonstrated that Montford Point, with its newly installed Core Capability Set (CCS), meets the standards and requirements set by its Capabilities Development Document (CDD).
The MLP's leverage float-on/ float-off technology and a reconfigurable mission deck to maximize their capability. Montford Point's CCS includes modules for a vehicle staging area, a sideport ramp, large mooring fenders and up to three LCAC vessel lanes. These capabilities enable large-scale logistics movements including the transfer of personnel, vehicles from other vessels such as the large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships (LMSRs) and the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV) onto LCACs for transport ashore.
These tests are integral to familiarizing the Naval Beach Group personnel, LCAC operators, and AAV operators with the MLP, its various modules as well as its day and nighttime operations.
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality warfighting assets - while balancing affordability and capability - is key to supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy.