August 26, 2005
Kvichak to build high speed landing craft
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, Wash, was recently awarded a U.S. Navy contract for the construction of 10 MPF utility boats. The 40 ft high-speed landing craft are replacing the Navy's existing LCM-8 craft as part of the Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions.
The 40 ft x 14 ft landing craft have a loaded cruise speed of about 25 knots and a lightened flank speed of about 30 knots.
The propulsion package includes: twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated for 660 hp at 2,300 rpm, ZF 325 marine gears, and Hamilton 364 water jets.
To ensure the safety and efficiency of transporting 30 persons, their gear and/or general cargo, the craft has a house aft configuration and an articulated bow door for beach deployment.
Delivery of the first all-aluminum craft is scheduled for February 2006 with completion of the tenth scheduled for December 2006.
The Navy's San Diego, Calif, facility will receive two MPF utility boats and two will be stationed in Norfolk, Va. The other six craft will be deployed aboard prepositioned MSC ships.
Additional craft features include:
6 kW Northern Lights gen-set with shore power
Integrated Furuno Navnet electronics package
Ship board stowage cradle
Three weapon mounts for M2 / MK19 and M60E3 weapons
Manuals and spares packages