Amid the bad news that many of our navy vessels are being switched over to biodiesel, at a cost of about 7 times current costs–the per gallon price for the fuel they’ve used for ages is about $3.60 a gallon while the bio-price is approximately $26 a gallon–there actually came some good news well. Namely, that our naval personnel will be getting new, “next generation landing craft” to replace the Landing Craft Air-Cushion-class hovercrafts we now rely on.
The Navy has relied on the older Hovercraft since the Reagan Presidency. And surprisingly, the cost of purchasing and operating the new Landing Craft will be considerably less than continuing with the Hovercraft. The New Landing Craft will be able to transport 74 tons, which is “sufficient for moving several tanks,” while hitting speeds of 65 kph.
Looks like it’s game on for our Navy. Their ability to go ship to shore is about it get much easier.