Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This is a photo of one of our hovercraft during a training exercise off the coast of Southern California in late 1965. We had three of these in our unit. Each was manned by an officer-in-charge (LTJG) and four enlisted personnel, a radar operator, a gunner, an engineer and a boatswains mate. At least one of these enlisted crew members was qualified to operate the craft in an emergency. The craft had a top speed of about 60 knots under ideal conditions.