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Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats - RHIB

High-speed, high-buoyancy, extreme-weather craft with the primary mission of SEAL insertion/extraction and a secondary mission of marine interdiction operations.
The 11-meter-long Naval Special Warfare Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (11m NSW RHIBs) are constructed of composites with an inflatable tube gunwale made of reinforced fabric. They can operate in heavy seas and winds of 45 knots. The 11m NSW RHIB carries a crew of three and a SEAL element (eight passengers) in its Naval Special Warfare role and is used increasingly by Naval Expeditionary Warfare in a marine interdiction/Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) role, organic to LPD 17-class ships, with a Navy crew of three and a Marine Corps boarding team. The Navy VBSS variant includes a lifting bail for launch and retrieval from LPD 17-class ships.
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Washington, D.C. 20376
General Characteristics, 11 meter Naval Special Warfare RIB
Propulsion: Dual Caterpillar 3126 DITA, 6 in-line cylinder diesel, turbocharged, aftercooled.
Length: 35 feet 11 inches (11 meters) (Overall, inflated tube).
Beam: 10 feet 7 inches (3.2 meters) (sponson inflated); 8 feet 9 inches (2.6 meters) (deflated).
Displacement: 17,400 lbs, (7,892 kilograms).
Draft: 2 feet 11 inches (0.9 meters).
Speed: 40+ knots (nautical miles per hour) (64 kilometers/hour).
Range: 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers).
Crew: 3 and a SEAL squad.
Armament: M60 7.62mm machine gun, MK19 40mm, M2 .50 cal. machine gun.
Last Update: 9 May 2016