Equipment

Assault boats and landing craft

Assault boats and landing craft

The Army has its own fleet of ships and landing craft to deliver troops, equipment and supplies. Smaller boats are used to patrol harbours, rivers and lakes to help with bridge-building and ferrying operations.

Army Work Boat

Overview

The Army work boat is designed to enable the provision of fuel to a deployed force via the towing of Fuel Dracones, positioning of single-point mooring buoys for fuel pipelines, fire-fighting and assistance to Mexeflote operations. Operated exclusively by specially trained Royal Logistic Corps personnel, the Army work boat is deployed via landing ship dock.

Combat support boat

Overview

The Combat Support Boat is a powerful, versatile craft whose major role is to support both bridging and amphibious operations.

Water jet propulsion allows high thrust at shallow draught. It can also be used as a general-purpose working boat in support of diving operations, ship-to-shore re-supply and inland water patrols.

The boat is carried on a purpose-built launching and recovery trailer. 

Mexeflote

Overview

The Mexeflote is the largest logistic landing craft in Defence. Operated exclusively by the Royal Logistic Corps, the platform guarantees theatre entry regardless of access to a Port. It is capable of transferring a cargo of vehicles and equipment up to 198 tonnes and is routinely deployed worldwide via Royal Fleet Auxilary Landing Ship Dock Auxiliary. The Mexeflote consists of multiple cells and engines that can be configured to provide a causeway, landing craft or Ramp Support Pontoon. Highly versatile the Mexeflote has been deployed in support of the majority of operational deployments since the Falklands conflict.

Dimensions

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Length

38.66m

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Width

12.4m

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Draft

1.54m

Specifications

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Displacement

169,000

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Speed

6.5 kts

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Crew

6