Small unit riverine craft

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Riverine Squadron 2 Iraq 2007.jpg
U.S. Navy Riverine Squadron 2 patrols the waters above Haditha Dam, Anbar Province, Iraq, in a Small Unit Riverine Craft.
Class overview
Name: Small unit riverine craft (SURC)
Operators:  United States Navy
United States United States Marine Corps
Philippines Philippine Marine Corps[citation needed]
General characteristics
Type: Riverine patrol boat
Displacement: 22,000 lb (10,000 kg) combat load
Length: 38 ft (12 m) (w/ transom platform)
Beam: 10 ft 2 in (3.10 m) (collars removable for C-130 transport)
Draft: 24 in (0.61 m) static
Propulsion: Twin Yanmar 6LY2A-STP diesel engines, 440 bhp (330 kW) at 3300 RPM;
Twin Hamilton waterjets HJ292
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h) cruise, 39 knots (72 km/h) sprint
Range: >250 nm
Complement: 16 troops
Crew: 2
Sensors and
processing systems:
Ritchie magnetic compass
Integrated AN/PSN-11 GPS (PLGR)
Raymarine SL72 LCD radar
ST 60 depth sounder
Raymarine RAY53
VHF marine band radio
AN/VIC-3 internal stations
SINCGARS (VHF tactical) radio
Armament: 3 mounts for heavy machine gun and smoke launchers
Notes: Fuel: JP-5, JP-8, and marine diesel
U.S. Marines with Dam Security Unit, Bravo Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion near Haditha Dam in 2006.
U.S. Marines launch a SURC in Iraq
Landing ashore

The small unit riverine craft (SURC) is rigid-hull, armed and armored patrol boat used by the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy to maintain control of rivers and inland waterways. They are similar in size and purpose to the much older Patrol Boat, River vessels used during the Vietnam War.

According to the Navy, “The primary mission of the SURC is to provide tactical mobility and a limited weapons platform for the ground combat element of a Marine Air Ground Task Force in littoral and riverine environments.”[1] The boat’s secondary mission includes “command and control, reconnaissance, logistic/resupply, medevac, counter-drug operations, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping, and noncombatant evacuation operations.”[1]

The boat is transportable by C-130 Hercules aircraft and can be launched from its trailer at lakeside.

The boats were first deployed to Iraq and were used there by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The United States Navy Riverine Squadrons, units of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) used the boats to patrol strategic areas of Iraq.

The boats are built by Raytheon Naval & Maritime Integrated Systems, with a contract to build up to 100 boats. Raytheon’s contract partners are SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Washington and Boat Master of Fort Myers, Florida.

On Sept. 25 2013, the United States transferred six SURC patrol boats to the Philippine Marine Corps to provide a platform for command and control, reconnaissance, logistic/resupply, medical evacuation, counter-drug operations, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping and non-combatant evacuation operations & will be deployed to augment sea-based forces to address terrorism and lawlessness.[citation needed]

It also has the capability to turn 180 degrees in less than three boat lengths and accelerate to 25 knots (46 km/h) in less than 15 seconds.

Other characteristics[edit]

Hull Type: Aluminum with full length beaching plates
Collars: High strength solid cell foam collar provides stability, redundant buoyancy, and small-arms ballistic protection
Weight: 17,500 lb (7,900 kg) craft and trailer

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