Offshore Raiding Craft

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Royal Marine Offshore Raiding Craft
Class overview
Builders: Holyhead Marine Services
General characteristics
Type: Fast Assault Craft
Displacement: Light Load 4760 kg inc fuel & 2 crew & armour, Full load 6000 kg
Length: 9.1m
Beam: 2.9m
Draught: Light 0.56 m, Loaded 0.69 m
Propulsion: Twin Steyr M0256K43 high speed diesel engines each developing 250Hp/184Kw at 4300rpm.
Speed: Light load 39 knots, Full load 32 knots
Range: In excess of 200 nautical miles (370 km)
Complement: 12 Royal Marines (1 driver, 3 gunners, 8 fully equipped troops)
Armament: Fwd; single or twin GPMG. Aft 2 off; .50 cal, GPMG or 40mm grenade launchers, Gau mini gun
Armour: Dynema ballistic protection to defeat 7.62mm x 39 Ball at 20m. (optional)
Royal Marines Offshore Raiding Craft during exercise Corsican Lion in 2012. Note the two ORCs -top and bottom right- fitted with armour.

The Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) is a small, fast boat used by the Royal Marines for troop insertion, and patrols.[1] The ORC is primarily used when undertaking strategic raiding missions, where speed and covertness is desired.[according to whom?] However, it is equally capable when conducting larger scale amphibious operations alongside the larger and more traditional LCACs, LCUs and LCVPs.[according to whom?] [2]

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  1. ^ "9m Offshore Raiding Craft". Amgram. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  2. ^ Royal Marines - Landing Craft, royalnavy.mod.uk, Retrieved 15 June 2014

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