ASSULT CRAFT UNIT 5 (ACU-5) – LC-27

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Computer made/mounted on velcro   4.0 inch-100mm

 

ASSULT CRAFT UNIT 5 (ACU-5)

Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU 5) is the USN’s Pacific operating unit for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). Headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, their mission is transporting, ship-to-shore and across the beach, personnel, weapons, equipment, and cargo of the assault elements of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, there were eleven LCACs stationed on the Persian Gulf; this was the LCAC’s largest deployment. In 1992, ACU-5 deployed 3 LCACs to Japan and created a permanent military presence called detachment Westpac Alfa, which in 2012 became its own command, Naval Beach Unit 7, with 7 LCACS permanently stationed in Sasebo, Japan. ACU-5 conducted landings in Somalia to help with Operation Restore Hope.

LCAC or Landing Craft Air Cushion are air cushion vehicles, operated by the USN and Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. The concept design for the modern day LCAC began in the early 1970s. The purpose of the LCACs are to “carry heavy vehicles and cargo” onto beaches at high speeds and over longer distances. The LCACs are currently undergoing a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), which will be completed on all 72 craft by 2020.

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