Landing Craft

Amphibious Craft

The primary role of Landing craft is to transfer personnel, vehicles, and equipment onto potentially hostile shores.

Ship to shore - that's the primary role of the Royal Marines and there are two ways of delivering that punch to the shore - by air and by boat. The amphibious expertise of the Royal Marines is in their piloting and handling of landing craft.

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  • Landing Craft Vehicle & Personnel

    Landing Craft Vehicle & Personnel LCVP MK5

    The LCVP MK5 is 15.5 metres long and 4.3 metres wide and capable of carrying a close combat company of thirty five fully equipped Commandos (or vehicles such as the Viking). The LCVP MK5 can travel up to twenty-five knots and has a range of over two hundred and ten nautical miles.

  • Landing Craft Utility

    Landing Craft Utility LCU Mk10

    The Landing Craft Utility Mk10 vessel is 29 metres long and 7.4 metres wide and can carry 120 Royal Marines Commandos or four Viking Armoured Personnel Vehicles. They are capable of operating world-wide from Arctic to tropical regions. They have a speed of more 8 knots and a range of 600 nautical miles.

  • Offshore Raiding Craft

    Offshore Raiding Craft ORC

    The Offshore Raiding Craft is a fast and versatile craft that can carry twelve Royal Marines Commandos and has a forward gun mount for a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG). The ORC can be transported and launched by trailer, under-slung from a helicopter and has tie down points for securing it to the deck of a ship or hold of an aircraft. 

  • Raiding Craft

    Raiding Craft Rigid Raider (RRC) and Inflatable Raiding Craft (IRC)

    Rigid Raider Craft are small raiding boats of eight metres long, capable of carrying a section of Royal Marines Commandos with full kit. The Mark 3 RRC has a 540bhp inboard diesel engine giving it a speed of more than thirty knots fully laden to a range one hundred and twenty nautical miles.

    Inflatable Raiding Craft are small ‘zodiac’ type craft, five metres long that can carry five fully equipped Royal Marines Commandos. They are capable of a speed of twenty knots for up to two hours

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The Landing Craft Utilities are operated by a crew of 7

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