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Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats - RIB

 
Description
High-speed, high-buoyancy, extreme-weather craft with the primary mission of SEAL insertion/extraction and a secondary mission of marine interdiction operations.
 
Features
The 11-meter-long Naval Special Warfare Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (11m NSW RIBs) are constructed of composites with an inflatable tube gunwale made of reinforced fabric. They can operate in heavy seas and winds of 45 knots, but for other than heavy-weather training, the Navy limits its use to somewhat milder sea conditions (wind speed is less than 34 knots). The 11m NSW RIB carries a crew of three and a SEAL element (8 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 3 and a Marine Corps boarding team. The Navy VBSS variant includes a lifting bail for launch and retrieval from LPD-17 Class ships.
 
Point Of Contact
Office of Corporate Communication (SEA 00D)
Naval Sea Systems Command (OOD)
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: 19 November 2014