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  • phil.bolger
    Jun 16, 2014
      Good read, I’d say.
      General Amos does make reference there to this piece in last year’s July ‘13 issue of the PROCEEDINGS:

      Sent: Monday, June 16, 2014 7:34 AM
      Subject: Re: [bolger] Posted from the correct e-mail address: A highly-placed perspective on LCU-F...

      Hi Susanne,


      the fifth para from end of that article linked below reads:


      "An alternative conceptual craft with its pedigree in the LCU-1610 class is the LCU (F). This design was described in Proceedings in the summer of 2013 (see “A Landing Craft for the 21st Century,” by Susanne Altenburger; Commander Michael Bosworth, U.S. Navy (Retired); and Captain Michael Junge, U.S. Navy, July 2013, pp. 60–64) and currently only exists in PowerPoint, but appears worthy of further examination. It promises to provide the higher speed, larger payload capacity, greater fuel efficiency, and better beach-landing ability needed to fulfill today’s amphibious-force requirements, yet the LCU (F) could be hydraulically folded in a “transformer-like” manner to fit neatly into the standard well-decks of major amphibious transport ships. In theory, conceptual connectors like this could also be flexible enough to aggregate via nonconventional means, similar to how we bring lighterage into theater via container ships today. Additionally, the LCU (F) is envisioned to carry up to 200 tons of personnel and equipment at a speed of almost 20 knots—an improvement of more than 20 tons and 10 knots when comparing it to the LCU-1610 class. "

      ---In bolger@yahoogroups.com, <philbolger@...> wrote :

      Well, a long day at the end of a long week...with even the links ‘thumb-fingered’. 
      This should now be more convenient:

      Article:  http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2014-06/bridging-our-surface-connector-gap

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