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Assault Craft Unit 5 “The Swift Intruders”
Assault Craft Unit 5 is the West Coast home of the Navy’s newest amphibious assault craft, the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC). This unique craft is supported above land or the surface of water by a cushion of air contained within its flexible rubber skirt system. Air cushion technology makes the LCAC the Navy’s only true amphibious landing craft.
An LCAC is capable of carrying a 75-ton payload at speeds in excess of 40 knots. Launching from naval ships located over the horizon, an LCAC has a range of 200 nautical miles and can land troops and equipment on more than 70 percent of the world’s beaches. The ACU-5 base facility complements the LCAC’s high-tech design with state-of-the-art repair and maintenance capabilities.
ACU-5’s location on Camp Pendleton is in keeping with the unique relationship enjoyed by the Navy-Marine Corps amphibious team.
ACU-5 supports a complement of 36 LCACs and employs more than 600 naval personnel. ACU-5 is a U.S. Pacific Fleet unit under the direct command of commander, Naval Beach Group 1, in Coronado, California.