Special Operations Boat Airdrop From C-17: Low Velocity Airdrop Delivery System (LVADS)


Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) with Special Boat Team 20 personnel execute the insertion of two Combatant Craft Assault (CCA) vehicles using the Low Velocity Airdrop Delivery System (LVADS) from a C-17 cargo aircraft during a training exercise.
The Combatant Craft Assault (CCA) is a fast boat operated by Naval Special Warfare Group 4 Special Boat Teams (SBT 12 & SBT 20).
The CCA’s primary role is medium range maritime interdiction operations (MIO) in medium-to-high threat environments. It can also perform insertion / extraction of special operations forces (SOF) and coastal patrol operations.
The CCA operates in the niche between the venerable NSW RHIB and the new Combatant Craft Medium (CCM). It is smaller, more agile and transportable than its CCM cousin. Like the CCM, the CCA can be air transported via C-17A globemaster III aircraft. Unlike the CCM, the CCA can be airdropped onto water under parachute from the C-17. The CCA can also be taken on and off Naval boats via crane, whereas the CCM can only operate from certain larger vessels.
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Special Operations Boat Airdrop From C-17: Low Velocity Airdrop Delivery System (LVADS)

Special Operations Boat Airdrop From C-17: Low Velocity Airdrop Delivery System (LVADS)

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