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ASDS - Advanced SEAL Delivery System

MC-130E/H Combat Shadow

MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II

EC-130 Commando Solo

Desert Patrol Vehicle


Army Little Birds

MH-47E Chinook Special Ops helicopter

Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk Series

US Navy Mk V Special Operations Craft

MH-60 PaveHawk

MH-53J Pave Low

Ranger Special Operations Vehicle

Special Operations Craft Riverine

Special Operations Low Level

AC-130U Spectre

Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey

Vehicule Leger de Reconnaissance et d'Appui (VLRA)

Special Operations Craft Riverine

The Special Operations Craft Riverine is the US Navy's latest vehicle fielded by the Special Boat Units ( Special Boat Teams as of Oct 2002 ). The SOCR is designed as a fast boat with a good cargo and weapons capacity and the ability to operate well within inland waterways, filling a critical gap that was brought about by aging craft that were hard to maintain or no longer in the inventory. The new craft will allow US forces to have riverine forces in place faster, with more capacity and less maintenance. Delivery began in February of 2002, with SBU/SBT-22 slated to receive 18 of the new craft. Five units total are expected to be in service by the end of 2002.

The SOCR is 33 feet long, with a nine-foot beam, and draws only 8 inches ( 20.32 cm ) of water at speed. Twin 440HP diesel engines give it quick acceleration up to its rated top speed of 42 Knots ( about 48 MPH or 78 KPH ). The aluminum hull makes it light and strong and capable of carrying up to 20,500 lbs ( 9,300 KG ) in personnel and combat gear. It is transportable by US Air Force cargo aircraft and medium-lift helicopters such as the H-47 Chinook and H-53 Stallion/Pave Low families.

The hull of the Special Operations Craft Riverine mounts some ballistic armor for protection and has mounts for five weapons ( in addition to those carried by the crew and passengers ). Weapons that can be mounted include the M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun, Mk 19 automatic grenade launcher, and 7.62mm miniguns.