Tag Amphibious

The Beach Recovery Vehicle

LCU Mk 10 and Hippo BARV (Image Credit - Plain Military)
To recover damaged, destroyed or broken down vehicles from beach areas during amphibious landings specialised vehicles are needed. They must be able to operate in the surf zone, have sufficient pulling or pushing power to deal with vehicle casualties, be…

More Mobility Concepts – Amphibians

Following on from our recent discussion vehicle mobility this is a video mini-series looking at how vehicle designers approach the need for mobility. The need for extreme mobility in adverse conditions has delivered some extremely interesting solutions that go beyond…

A Floating Container Port

Scapa Flow is synonymous with the Royal Navy but plans announced recently might see it recognised as the ‘greenest’ container port in the world. This is one of my favourite subjects to write about and one which we and those interested…

A Trip Down Mexeflote Lane

Haiti Mexeflote
With the impending sale of RFA Largs Bay we had an interesting comment on an old post about mexeflotes from an Australian asking if the mexeflotes would be included in the sale. Of course, we don’t know but he also…

Haiti and D Day

Mulberry harbour Arromanches
There has been a lot of blog coverage on the Haiti relief effort and from a defence perspective much of this has focussed on the air and sea bridge to Haiti. Bulk transport by air is simply untenable for anything other than…

What is a Mexeflote

Haiti Mexeflote
Whilst we are on the subject of the Royal Navy and about to embark on the amphibious, logistics and submarine element some information on how, in an amphibious context, we get from ship to shore. The preferred option is of…