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Air-Cushion Vehicle

The Air-Cushion Vehicle was tested for use in SAR, ATON, Law Enforcement, Marine Safety, and logistics. Two of the vessels were stationed in San Francisco and the other was posted to Alaska. The vehicles were eventually transferred to the Great Lakes. CG-38103 sank in an accident; CG-38101 and CG-38102 were subsequently transferred to the US Army Mobility Equipment Research and Development Center on 25 April 1975.


Official Coast Guard Imagery (click on thumbnail for High resolution image) Caption/ Historical Information
Photo of ACV operating with a patrol boat Air-cushion vehicle operates in conjunction with a patrol boat
Photo of three ACVs operating on the Pacific Coast Three Air-Cushion Vehicles on the Pacific Coast
Photo of ACV underway Air-Cushion Vehicle underway
Photo of ACV underway Air-Cushion Vehicle underway
Photo of ACV traversing the ice in the Arctic Air-Cushion Vehicle traverses the ice in the Arctic
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