Let me run this up the flagpole and see how it gets shot at~
From reading a presentation by OPNAV N851 and seeing some other comments by naval officials, it would appear to me that the Navy is not buying RHIBs over 11 meters in length? I know the RCB, FP-C and CCM are/will probably be bigger. BUT what is magic about 11 meters? Is a longer boat needed?
The other part of my question is how the Navy goes about launching and recovering boats especially all the various Navy Standard RHIBs. I wonder what the group's experience/opinion is about L&R of boats.
On Francis Marion we had 24 boats. We launched the big LCMs by swinging boom but we launched the 12 LCVPs by Welin davit. I am of the opionion that davtis work better and are quicker i.e. you can put more than one boat in the water quicker.
Any thoughts on boat size (limitations) and L&R gear?