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Landing Craft Utility

Description

The LCU, the displacement craft component of the Navy’s landing craft fleet, complements the LCAC by transporting the heaviest loads of equipment and supplies ashore while providing the ability to operate independently in support of intra-theater transport, security cooperation, non-combatant evacuation, foreign humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations. LCUs have both bow and stern ramps for onload/offload and are capable of conducting independent open ocean transits or operations at sea for up to 10 days.

Operational Impact

The LCU enables the Marine Corps to transport heavy loads of equipment and supplies ashore while providing the ability to operate independently in support of intra-theater transport, security cooperation, non-combatant evacuation, foreign humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief operations.

Program Status

The aging LCU 1610 fleet will be replaced one-for-one by the LCU 1700 program to maintain a fleet inventory of 32 craft. Acquisition of the LCU 1700 will ensure that the Navy retains a reliable, fuel-efficient, heavy-lift displacement landing craft capable of independent transits at intra-theater ranges to support and sustain operations from the sea. Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of 2 craft and Full Operating Capability (FOC) of LCU 32 total craft are planned for 2023 and 2028, respectively.

Procurement Profile:

FY 2018 - QTY 1
FY 2019 - QTY 2

Developer/Manufacturer:

Southern SB,
Slidell, LA

Gunderson Marine,
Portland, OR

General Ship,
Boston, MA

Pacific Coast Eng,
Alameda, CA

Marinette Marine,
Marinette, WI

Defoe SB,
Bay City, MI

Halter Marine,
Pascagoula, MS

TBD*

* LCU1700 has not been awarded yet

 

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