Marines operate amphibious combat vehicles from USS Somerset in first-ever launch and recovery testing

The Marine Corps have launched and recovered Amphibious Combat Vehicles from an amphibious ship for the first time, while testing with BAE Systems’ and SAIC’s competing vehicles, reports Megan Eckstein in USNI News.

The vehicles from both companies operated successfully for approximately six hours in sea states of about 1 or 1.5. The vehicles also proved maneuverable in the well deck and fit in the stowage area of the ship, even with the height restrictions in a ship of the LPD-17 class, such as LPD-25 Somerset.

Testing continues.

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