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Ship to Shore Connector (SSC)

 
Description
The Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) is the evolutionary replacement for the existing fleet of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. SSCs are used primarily to transport weapon systems, equipment, cargo, and personnel of the assault elements through varied environmental conditions from amphibious ships to over the beach.
 
Features
SSC has similar configurations, dimensions, and clearances to LCAC, which ensures the compatibility of SSC with existing well deck equipped amphibious ships. SSC will be able to embark aboard and operate with LPD 17, LSD 41, LSD 49, LHA 1, and LHD 1 classes, as well as Expeditionary Transfer Dock (ESD).
 
Background
The SSC program is the first major naval acquisition program in more than 15 years to be designed "in-house" by the Navy rather than by private industry. The Navy design team progressed through an evolutionary design process, beginning with a set-based design process, where craft level requirements were functionally decomposed into discrete system level functional requirements documents (FRDs). The FRDs formed the functional basis for selecting trade spaces, and to start Preliminary Design. Preliminary Design was followed by a Contract Design period, which developed the Allocated Baseline and formed the basis for the SSC contract solicitation.

The Navy-led contract design, released to industry in a full and open competition, allowed for mid-tier builders without air cushion vehicle experience to compete for the Detail Design & Construction (DD&C) contract. This approach used the government's expertise in air cushion vehicles and provided industry the flexibility to make component selections and complete design details for optimal production and lowest possible acquisition costs.

The DD&C contract was awarded to Textron, Inc., New Orleans, LA., whose major subcontractors are L-3 Communications of Camden, NJ, GE Dowty of Great Britain, Rolls-Royce Naval Marine of Indianapolis, IN, Innovative Power Solutions of Eatontown, NJ, Meritor, Inc of Troy, MI, and Umoe Mandal of Norway. Other subcontractors include Marvin Land Systems of Inglewood, CA, Donaldson Company, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN, Exlar Corporation of Chanhassen, MA, Advanced Composite Products & Technology of Huntington Beach, CA, Supreme Integrated Technology of Harahan, LA, and Technology Dynamics, Inc. of Bergenfield, New Jersey.

The SSC Program of Record is for a total of 73 craft (one Test and Training and 72 operational craft). Deliveries will begin in fiscal year 2019 with initial operational capability projected for fiscal year 2020.
 
Point Of Contact
Office of Corporate Communication (SEA 00D)
Naval Sea Systems Command
Washington, D.C. 20376
 
General Characteristics
Propulsion: Four gas turbine engines.
Length: (with skirt) 91.80 feet (27.98 meters)
Beam: (with skirt) 48.25 feet (14.71 meters)
Speed: 35+ knots
Range: Mission radius of at least 25 nm
Crew: Five
Load: 74 short tons
 
Last Update: 17 January 2019