Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R)
The Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) is designed to operate along river networks and coastal areas, chiefly for the insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs. SOC-Rs are operated by SWCC Special Boat Teams.
The SOC-R is an armored vessel with ballistic protection (up to .7.62mmx39mm ball) for the engines, helmsman and gunners. Its hull is made of aluminum with FRP accessories. The SOC-R is designed to be air transportable, with one SOC-R, its tractor towing unit, associated SBT personnel and SEAL passengers and all their mission gear fitting in a single C-130 aircraft. SOC-Rs can also be transported as under slung loads by medium-to-heavy-lift helicopters.
The craft has provisions for the mounting of the following weapons systems: (2 Forward / 3 Aft)
This impressive array of firepower is typically used to suppress the shorelines during a hot extraction of a SEAL squad.
SOC-R - Specifications
Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) from Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) operate a SOC-R along a river during training.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robyn B. Gerstenslager
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