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Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R)

The Special Operations Craft-Riverine (SOC-R) is designed to operate along river networks and coastal areas, chiefly for the insertion and extraction of Navy SEALs. SOC-Rs are operated by SWCC Special Boat Teams.

SOC-R Features:

The SOC-R is an armored vessel with ballistic protection (up to .7.62mmx39mm ball) for the engines, helmsman and gunners. Its hull is made of aluminum with FRP accessories. The SOC-R is designed to be air transportable, with one SOC-R, its tractor towing unit, associated SBT personnel and SEAL passengers and all their mission gear fitting into a single C-130 aircraft. SOC-Rs can also be transported as under slung loads by medium-lift and heavy-lift helicopters.

SOC-R Equipment

  • GPS navigation
  • IFF (identification Friend or Foe) gear
  • Furuno Radar mounted on arch above hull
  • FLIR pod mounted on radar arch

SOC-R Weapons

The craft has provisions for the mounting of the following weapons systems: (2 Forward / 3 Aft)

  • M2 .50 machine guns
  • M240 7.62mm belt-fed machine guns
  • MK19/MK47 40mm grenade launchers
  • M134 7.62mm Miniguns

This impressive array of firepower is typically used to suppress the shorelines during a hot extraction of a SEAL squad.

SOC-R - Specifications

Crew 4 Crew (1 Helmsman and 3 Gunners)
Capacity 8 SEALs + mission equipment
Engines 440 Twin Yanmar 6LY2M-STE Diesels
Waterjets Hamilton HJ292 waterjets
Dimensions Length - 33 ft
Draft - 2 ft
Weights 10,690 kg (empty)
19,051 kg (max loadout)
Max Speed 40+ knots
Range 195 nautical miles
Armament m2 .50 machine guns
m240 machine guns
m134 miniguns
Mk19 40 40mm grenade launchers
Avionics GPS navigation
Furuno Radar
Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR)
Secure radio communications (UHF/VHF/HF/SATCOMMs)

SOC-R boat
Naval Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman (SWCC) from Special Boat Team 22 (SBT-22) operate a SOC-R along a river during training.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robyn B. Gerstenslager

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