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Mark V Special Operations Craft (MK V SOC)

The MK V Special Operations Craft's primary role is the insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs or other U.S. Special Operations Forces. MK Vs are are operated by SWCC Special Boat Teams. The MK V can also be used a coastal patrol and reconnaissance platform.

note: the MK V SOC has now been retired from U.S. Navy service.

Mark V Special Operations Craft Features:

The MK V SOC features an angled design which results in a low radar signature. The craft can carry up to 4 Combat Rubber Raiding Craft (CRRC) + their outboard engines, enabling the Mark V to act as a mothership, parking off-coast and delivering and collecting teams of SEALs to and from the shore. The vessel features a ramp at the stern which facilitates the rapid launch/recovery of CRRCs. The MK V SOC can also act as a launch/recovery platform for SEAL swimmer delivery vehicles. UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) can also be launched, operated and recovered from the MK V.

MK V SOV Equipment

  • Radar
  • GPS navigation
  • IFF (identification Friend or Foe) gear
  • VHF/HF/UHF/FM Net & SATCOMM

MK V SOC Weapons

The craft has provisions for the mounting of the following weapons systems: (5 mounts)

  • M2 .50 machine guns (single or twin mounts)
  • M240 7.62mm belt-fed machine guns
  • MK19/MK47 40mm grenade launchers
  • M134 7.62mm Miniguns
  • MK88 chain gun
  • MK48 25mm guns

For added defence against airborne threats, FIM-92 Stinger missiles may also be carried on the MK V.

MK V SOC - Specifications

Crew 5 Crew
Capacity Crew + 16 SEALs + mission equipment
Engines 2 x 2285 HP MTU 12V396 TE94 engines
Waterjets 2 x KaMeWa K50S Waterjets
Dimensions Length - 82 ft
Height - 17.5 ft
Draft - 5ft
Weights 57+ tons displacement
Max Speed 47-50 knots
Range 550+ nautical miles
Armament m2 .50 machine guns
m240 machine guns
m134 miniguns
Mk19 40 40mm grenade launchers
Avionics GPS navigation
Radar
LORAN
Secure radio communications (UHF/VHF/HF/SATCOMMs)
IFF transponder

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A Mark V Special Operations Craft, operated by Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) from Special Boat Unit 12
U.S. Navy photo by JO1 CRAIG P. STRAWSER, USN


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SWCCs launch a Scan Eagle drone from a Mark V SOC. A zodiac inflatable can be seen on the boat's rear ramp. A MK V SOC can transport, launch and recover up to 4 such inflatables.
U.S. Navy Photo

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