small unit riverine craft (SURC) is rigid-hull, armed
and armored patrol boat used by the U.S. Marines and
U.S. Navy to maintain control of rivers and inland
craft has the special capability to turn 180 degrees in
less than three boat lengths and accelerate to 25 knots
(46 km/h) in less than 15 seconds. It is
transportable by C-130 Hercules aircraft and can be
launched from its trailer at lakeside.
boats were first deployed to Iraq and were used there by
U.S. Marine Corps' Small Craft Company, being latter
turned over to the United States Navy Riverine Squadrons
- units of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC)
that used the boats to patrol strategic areas of Iraq.