Landing Craft, Air Cushion - LCAC

Most recent update: May 4, 2015.


In 1983, following an extended period of prototype testing, the Navy contracted with Bell-Halter for the first three of a revolutionary new class of surface-effect craft designated the Landing Craft, Air-Cushion, or LCAC.  The initial plan was to build 108 of them, so it was decided to utilize two contractors and in 1987, two 15-boat contracts were awarded, one to Bell-Halter, in East New Orleans LA, the other to Lockheed Marine, which had built a special-purpose facility in Gulfport MS.  In 1986, Bell Halter became Textron Marine and in 1988, Lockheed's Gulfport facility became Avondale Gulfport Marine.  In the subsequent competition for a sole-source contractor, Textron was selected to build all the remaining boats, which ultimately numbered 91 in total.  Of this fleet, 72 are in active service, 7 have been disassembled for potential transfer overseas, 10 are being held in Reduced Operation Status (ROS) and 2 are being used for R&D.  In 2000, a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) was started, designed to add 10 years to the 20-year design life of the 72 active-duty boats and this is still going on.  A replacement program, originally called the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) program, has now started, with the first of 73 boats due for delivery in 2017.   If anyone can add to the table below, please send your info to me at timcolton@aol.com.

Type #

Shipbuilder

LDT LOA FY $mm Delivery Disposition
LCAC 1 Textron Marine 87 88 82 40.0 14-Dec-84 ROS
LCAC 2 Textron Marine 87 88 82 28.4 22-Feb-86 Active
LCAC 3 Textron Marine 87 88 82 28.4 9-Jun-86 ROS
LCAC 4 Textron Marine 87 88 83 28.4 13-Aug-86 Active
LCAC 5 Textron Marine 87 88 83 28.4 26-Nov-86 ROS
LCAC 6 Textron Marine 87 88 83 28.4 1-Dec-86 ROS
LCAC 7 Textron Marine 87 88 84 22.0 18-Mar-87 Active
LCAC 8 Textron Marine 87 88 84 22.0 3-Jun-87 Active
LCAC 9 Textron Marine 87 88 84 22.0 26-Jun-87 Active
LCAC 10 Textron Marine 87 88 84 22.0 4-Sep-87 Active
LCAC 11 Textron Marine 87 88 84 22.0 7-Dec-87 ROS
LCAC 12 Textron Marine 87 88 84 22.0 23-Dec-87 ROS
LCAC 13 Textron Marine 87 88 85   30-Sep-88 ROS
LCAC 14 Textron Marine 87 88 85   3-Nov-88 Active
LCAC 15 Avondale 87 88 85   20-Sep-88 Active
LCAC 16 Avondale 87 88 85   4-Nov-88 Active
LCAC 17 Avondale 87 88 85   1989 Active
LCAC 18 Avondale 87 88 85   1989 To NSWC Florida, ROS
LCAC 19 Avondale 87 88 85   May-90 Active
LCAC 20 Avondale 87 88 85   1990 Active
LCAC 21 Avondale 87 88 85   1990 Active
LCAC 22 Avondale 87 88 86   Nov-90 ROS
LCAC 23 Avondale 87 88 86   15-Jun-91 Active
LCAC 24 Textron Marine 87 88 86   1-Mar-90 Active
LCAC 25 Textron Marine 87 88 86   29-Jun-90 Active
LCAC 26 Textron Marine 87 88 86   Jul-90 Active
LCAC 27 Textron Marine 87 88 86   24-Aug-90 Active
LCAC 28 Textron Marine 87 88 86   12-Oct-90 Active
LCAC 29 Textron Marine 87 88 86   18-Dec-90 Active
LCAC 30 Textron Marine 87 88 86   19-Dec-90 Active
LCAC 31 Textron Marine 87 88 86   27-Feb-91 Active
LCAC 32 Textron Marine 87 88 86   1-May-91 Active
LCAC 33 Textron Marine 87 88 86   4-Jun-91 Active
LCAC 34 Avondale 87 88 89 14.4 31-May-92 Active
LCAC 35 Avondale 87 88 89 14.4 31-May-92 Active
LCAC 36 Avondale 87 88 89 14.4 1-May-92 Active
LCAC 37 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 31-Jul-91 Active
LCAC 38 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 6-Sep-91 Active
LCAC 39 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 30-Sep-91 Active
LCAC 40 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 6-Nov-91 Active
LCAC 41 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 27-Nov-91 Active
LCAC 42 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 12-Dec-91 Active
LCAC 43 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 21-Feb-92 Active
LCAC 44 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 28-Feb-92 Active
LCAC 45 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 26-Mar-92 Active
LCAC 46 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 8-May-92 Active
LCAC 47 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 24-Jun-92 Active
LCAC 48 Textron Marine 87 88 89 18.0 17-Jul-92 Active
LCAC 49 Avondale 87 88 90   16-Oct-92 Active
LCAC 50 Avondale 87 88 90   28-Feb-93 Active
LCAC 51 Avondale 87 88 90   Jun-93 Active
LCAC 52 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 2-Sep-92 Active
LCAC 53 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 10-Jul-92 Active
LCAC 54 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 30-Oct-92 Active
LCAC 55 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 30-Nov-92 Active
LCAC 56 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 8-Jan-93 Active
LCAC 57 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 26-Feb-93 Active
LCAC 58 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 31-Mar-93 Active
LCAC 59 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 30-Apr-93 Active
LCAC 60 Textron Marine 87 88 90 18.3 4-Jun-93 Active
LCAC 61 Textron Marine 87 88 91   30-Jul-93 Active
LCAC 62 Textron Marine 87 88 91   31-Aug-93 Active
LCAC 63 Textron Marine 87 88 91   30-Sep-93 Active
LCAC 64 Textron Marine 87 88 91   27-Oct-93 Active
LCAC 65 Textron Marine 87 88 91   24-Nov-93 Active
LCAC 66 Textron Marine 87 88 91   28-Dec-93 Active
LCAC 67 Textron Marine 87 88 91   25-Feb-94 Active
LCAC 68 Textron Marine 87 88 91   25-Mar-94 Active
LCAC 69 Textron Marine 87 88 91   29-Apr-94 Active
LCAC 70 Textron Marine 87 88 91   5-Jun-94 Active
LCAC 71 Textron Marine 87 88 91   21-Jun-94 Active
LCAC 72 Textron Marine 87 88 91   31-Jul-94 Active
LCAC 73 Textron Marine 87 88 92   30-Sep-94 Active
LCAC 74 Textron Marine 87 88 92   10-Nov-94 Active
LCAC 75 Textron Marine 87 88 92   6-Jan-95 Active
LCAC 76 Textron Marine 87 88 92   14-Feb-95 Active
LCAC 77 Textron Marine 87 88 92   29-Mar-95 To NSWC Florida, active
LCAC 78 Textron Marine 87 88 92   23-May-95 Active
LCAC 79 Textron Marine 87 88 92   20-Jul-95 Active
LCAC 80 Textron Marine 87 88 92   23-Aug-95 Active
LCAC 81 Textron Marine 87 88 92   25-Oct-95 Active
LCAC 82 Textron Marine 87 88 92   13-Dec-95 Active
LCAC 83 Textron Marine 87 88 92   29-Feb-96 Active
LCAC 84 Textron Marine 87 88 92   25-Apr-96 Active
LCAC 85 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 25-Jul-96 Active
LCAC 86 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 26-Sep-96 Active
LCAC 87 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 20-Nov-96 Active
LCAC 88 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 19-Feb-97 Active
LCAC 89 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 15-Apr-97 Active
LCAC 90 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 24-Oct-97 Active
LCAC 91 Textron Marine 87 88 93 16.8 27-Mar-00 To NSWC Florida, active

Japanese LCAC Program

LA 1 Textron Marine 93 88 93   Nov-97 Active
LA 2 Textron Marine 93 88 95   Feb-98 Active
LA 3 Textron Marine 93 88 97   Nov-01 Active
LA 4 Textron Marine 93 88 97   Feb-02 Active
LA 5 Textron Marine 93 88 99   2002 Active
LA 6 Textron Marine 93 88 99   2002 Active
LA 7 Textron Marine 93 88 00   2003 Active
LA 8 Textron Marine 93 88 00   2004 Active

LCAC 100 (SSC) Program

LCAC 100 Textron Marine   91 12 212.7 2017 Building
LCAC 101 Textron Marine   91 14 45.2 2018 Building
LCAC 102 Textron Marine   91 15 42.0 2019 Building
LCAC 103 Textron Marine   91 15 42.0 2019 Building
LCAC 104 Textron Marine   91 16 34.8 2020 Building
LCAC 105 Textron Marine   91 16 34.8 2020 Building
LCAC 106 Textron Marine   91 16 34.8 2020 Building
LCAC 107 Textron Marine   91 16 34.8 2020 Building
LCAC 108 Textron Marine   91 16 34.8 2020 Building