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  • The Navy has received its first advanced development air cushion vehicle, the JEFF(B), at the Naval Coastal Systems Center, Panama City, Fla.

    Designed and constructed by Bell Aerospace Textron, the JEFF(B) is ready for a period of intense Navy testing. A complete checkout and shakedown of all systems has already been conducted.

    The craft has a design gross weight of 325,000 pounds and has achieved speeds of more than 50 knots in the Gulf of Mexico test range. In addition, it has demonstrated ability to operate with two of its six engines shut down.

    With a 50-knot over-water speed, coupled with the ability to proceed beyond the water's edge to offload a 60-ton payload of tanks and heavy artillery inland, the JEFF Craft will pave the way for adding an essential new dimension to Navy/Marine Corps amphibious assault capability.

    This flexibility can be translated into tactical surprise, increased survivability and a rapid buildup of forces ashore by the amphibious forces of the future.

    The JEFF Craft are the largest (in terms of design weight) military hovercraft in the world. They stand at the perimeter of known technology for ACVs. The craft will demonstrate new technology with unique subsystems, and during tests and trials will also demonstrate the military effectiveness of the concept of employing air cushion vehicles in amphibious assault. The best features of the JEFF (A) and JEFF(B) will then be combined to design and build a production configuration.

    The follow-on design and procurement of fleet hardware will be accomplished under the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) Acquisition Program.

    Another craft, the JEFF (A), which is being constructed by the Aerojet Liquid Rocket Company, will be delivered to the Navy this month. The two craft use very different technical approaches to meet the same set of performance requirements. Each will carry more than 60 tons of payload.

    Developed under the Navy's Amphibious Assault Landing Craft (AALC) Program, the JEFF Craft have been designed to operate from the well decks of amphibious ships. Riding on a cushion of air a few inches above the surface of water or land, the craft will be able to transition from the sea through the surf and across the beach to offload cargo—men, vehicles and equipment—on hard ground. With these c r a f t , the Navy will develop the technology and demonstrate the feasibility and military utility of employing ACVs in an amphibious assault.

    P r e s e n t i n g the key to the JEFF(B) for Bell Aerospace Textron at the July 28 ceremony was John Kelly, vice president, New Orleans, Operations, and Robert Postle, Bell's program manager throughout the design and construction of the craft.

    Accepting the key to the JEFF(B) for the Navy was Jeffrey Benson, the Naval Sea Systems Command AALC program manager in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Benson's remarks included congratulations to the Navy and to Bell personnel for their outstanding individual and team efforts, and a special note of appreciation to the families of all involved for t h e i r support in achieving this important milestone.

    The key to the craft and custody for its operations and maintenance were t r a n s f e r r e d to Comdr. Wallace G. Wilder, USN, the officer-in-charge of the AALC Experimental Trials Unit, a field activity, and representative of the Commanding Officer, David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, located at Carderock, Md.

    Also on the podium for the delivery ceremony were Melvin M.

    Brown, AALC Program technical manager at DTNSRDC, Carderock; Casey Forrest, the current Bell AALC Program manager; Comdr. William A. Rehder, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, New Orleans, La.; Frank Higgins, manager of Test Operations of the AALC Experimental Trials Unit, and Lt.

    J.N. Mullican, USN, Officer-in- Charge of the JEFF(B).

    Lieutenant Mullican, USN, BMI C.L. Groover, and Adm. R.M.

    Green, members of the ETU, accepted the key, started the craft, brought it up on cushion, turned and proceeded down the ramp onto beautiful St. Andrew Bay for the first mission under complete Navy control.

  • Bell Aerospace Textron, Division of Textron, Inc., has been awarded a $27.3-million contract for detail design and construction of the first Minesweeper Hunter (MSH) for the U.S. Navy. The contract also provides the Navy with two additional options to acquire eight more MSHs at a cost of $126.

  • Bell Aerospace Textron, Division of Textron Inc., has just been awarded a $102-million contract to construct additional air cushion landing craft for the U.S. Navy. The contract was announced by John J. Kelly, senior vice president and general manager of Bell Aerospace Textron, New Orleans Operations

  • A former chairman appeared before the Los Angeles Metropolitan Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and presented a paper on " A i r Cushion Drilling Systems." Harold D. Ramsden, manager b u s i n e s s d e v e l o p m e n t , Global Marine Development, Inc., was the

  • The U.S. Navy recently awarded a $l-million contract to Bell Aerospace Textron of New Orleans, a division of Textron Inc., for the final phase of the contract design of a minesweeper hunter (MSH) that rides on a cushion of air. The award of this new MSH contract was announced by John J. Kelly, senior

  • Textron Marine Systems (TMS), Division of Textron Inc., has been awarded major U.S. Navy contracts for the Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) Program totaling more than $225 million. One contract valued at $216 million calls for the construction of 12 LCAC and major equipment items. This contract

  • Philadelphia Gear of King of Prussia, Pa. 19406, has been chosen to design, manufacture and test the propulsor reduction gearbox for the 3,000-ton Surface Effect Ship (3KSES). The planned cost for this effort through design, development, test and delivery of one ship set of four propulsor r e d u c

  • John J. Kelly, president of Textron Marine & Land Systems, a division of Textron Inc., has been named the recipient of the Robert M. Thompson Award for Outstanding Civilian Leadership, presented annually by the Navy League of the United States. He was honored at the Navy League Convention. The

  • John J. Kelly, president of Textron Marine Systems (TMS), Division of Textron Inc., recently announced the delivery of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC)-24 to the U.S. Navy. Following remarks by Eugene E. Shoults, program manager for the Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sealift Program (PMS 377)

  • A $30-million contract for long lead time materials for the next six landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) vessels has been awarded to Bell Aerospace Textron, Division of Textron, Inc., New Orleans. This new contract, announced by John J. Kelly, senior vice president and general manager of Bell Aerospace

  • It was announced by John T. Gilbride Jr., vice president and general manager, that Todd Seattle has been awarded a Phase I DATA REVIEW AND PRODUCTION PLANNING contract for the air cushion landing craft (LCAC) follow-on construction program. The LCAC is a high speed air cushion landing craft that

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