February 9, 2007
Kvichak completes delivery of landing craft series
Kvichak Marine Industries, Seattle, recently completed the construction and delivery of ten MPF utility boats for the United States Navy. The 40 ft x 14 ft high-speed landing craft replace 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 landing craft have a loaded cruise speed of around 25 knots and a lightened flank speed of around 40 knots. The propulsion package includes: twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated for 660hp at 2300 rpm, ZF 325 marine gears, and Hamilton 364 water jets.
To ensure the safety and efficiency of transporting 30 troops, their gear and / or general cargo the craft has a house-aft configuration and an articulated bow door for beach deployment.
The first craft was delivered in February 2006 and successive craft departed Kvichak's facility on a staggered delivery schedule. The Navy's San Diego, CA facility received two MPF utility boats and two are stationed in Norfolk, VA. The deployment of the remaining six craft is aboard pre-positioned MSC ships.
Additional craft features include:6kW 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