United States Marine Inc. (USMI) , Gulfport, Mississippi, was awarded a $108,000,000 maximum indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity delivery order contract (H92405-20-D-0002) with a five-year ordering period in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for the production of Combatant Craft Assault (CCA). Fiscal 2020 procurement funds in the amount of $12,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The work will be performed in Gulfport, Mississippi, and is expected to be completed by April 13, 2025. USSOCOM Headquarters, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.
The Combatant Craft Assault (CCA) is a fast boat operated by U.S. Navy Naval Special Warfare Group 4 Special Boat Teams (SBT 12 & SBT 20). The CCA’s mono-hull is design includes components made from SPRINT composite materials, resulting in a lightweight but durable craft. The boat is powered by high performance diesel engines. The craft appears to have fold-up armour plating for protection of crew / passengers .Sensors aboard the CCA include a maritime radar mounted on a mast along with communications antennae and a Combatant Craft Forward Looking Infrared (CCFLIR), which includes infrared and day and low light video cameras and a laser range finder and pointer.
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. 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.