Assault Craft Unit 4 Opens Doors for Visitors

Story Number: NNS060926-09Release Date: 9/26/2006 2:25:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Casandra Newell, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic

VIRGINGIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The crew of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 placed their landing crafts on display at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek Sept. 19, to give visitors a firsthand look at their work space.

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) tours were part of a two-day event to inform enlisted Sailors about the opportunities available to become members of an ACU. In addition, ACU 4 also opened its doors to civilians, encouraging them to learn about the mission of ACU 4 and the purpose of the crew's LCACs in the Navy.

"Our main mission is to provide lifting capabilities for Marines to get their equipment and troops from ships to shore," said Senior Chief Quartermaster (SW/AW) Chris Silvey, an ACU 4 craftmaster, explaining ACU 4's purpose.

LCACs work closely with amphibious assult ships around the world, but have little interaction with the various other types of vessels in the fleet. LCACs are capable of transporting loads of 60-75 tons. They have an enlisted crew of five, usually a chief or a senior chief as craftmaster, an engineer and navigator can be an E-5 or above, and a loadmaster and deck mechanic.

LCACs have been used in a wide variety of projects, including tsunami and hurricane relief efforts. According to Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanic 2nd Class (SW/AW) Mike Bouchard, his experience as a member of ACU 4 was a great career move.

"The people that come through are pretty smart and do a lot of great things," said Bouchard.

The crew credits its high morale to a work environment where all Sailors must work together to complete a wide array of exciting and varied missions. He suggests that Sailors wishing to be a part of an ACU should be persistent.

"Work hard and talk to your detailer. It's a hard place to get to, but once you're here you can stay a long time," said Bouchard.

LCAC tours, by appointment, are available throughout the year. For screening requirements visit

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A Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4) prepares to land on Onslow Beach.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of a landing craft, air cushioned (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4).
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