What Was That RIMPAC? It Just Blew Into Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) from the USS Essex (LHD 2) blows into Kawaihae Harbor as part of the RIMPAC training operations going on in Hawaii. July 17, 2012.


The Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) is a class of air-cushion vehicle (hovercraft) used as landing craft by the United States Navy’s Assault Craft Units and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). They transport weapons systems, equipment, cargo and personnel of the assault elements of the Marine Air/Ground Task Force both from ship to shore and across the beach.

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