In Praise of the LCAC
2013-09-28 A compilation of photos and videos for the Men and Women of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assigned to the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and all its support groups such as the U.S. Navy Amphibious Warships LPDs, LSDs and LSTs.
The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy.
They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.
An amphibious transport dock, also called a landing platform/dock (LPD), is an amphibious warfare ship, a warship that embarks, transports, and lands elements of a landing force for expeditionary warfare missions.
Several navies currently operate this kind of ship.
The ships are generally designed to transport troops into a war zone by sea, primarily using landing craft, although invariably they also have the capability to operate transport helicopters.