Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
SOC-R Special Operations Craft-Riverine
National Navy UDT-Seal Museum
The mission of the SOC-R Craft is to perform Short Range Insertion and Extraction of Special Operation Forces [SEALs primarily] in a riverine environment. The boat and crew can also conduct direct action missions. The craft is transportable by US Air Force cargo aircraft and medium-lift helicopters such as the H-47 Chinook and H-53 Sea Stallion. This allows quick deployment of US Special Operations riverine forces.
The Soc-R is 33 feet long, with a nine-foot beam, and draws only 8 inches[2032 cm] of water at speed. Twin 440 HP Yanmar Diesel engines give it quick acceleration up to its rated top speed of 42 Knots [about 48 MPH or 78 KPH]. The aluminum hull makes it light and strong and capable of carrying up to 20,500 lbs [9,300 KG] in personnel and combat gear. Two Hamilton waterjets make it extremely maneuverable. It has a crew of five and can carry up to eight passengers.
The hull of the Special Operations Craft Riverine can accommodate some ballistic armor for protection and has mounts for five weapons [in addition to those carried by the crew and passengers].These include the M2 .50 caliber heavy machine gun,
This Craft, SOC-R 11, was refurbished by United States Marine, Inc [USMI] for the museum. SOC-R 11 served on the Tigris River of Iraq from June 2007 to February 2008 and was operated by Special Boat Team 22 from Stennis, Mississippi. This mighty Craft conducted over 192 missions during 1050 hours underway and logged more than 3400 nautical miles in enemy waters.
Built by United States Marine, Inc. [USMI]
Erected by National Navy UDT-Seal Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, 2nd Iraq • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is June 2007.
Location. 27° 29.769′ N, 80° 18.043′ W. Marker is in Fort Pierce, Florida, in St. Lucie County. Marker can be reached from Florida Route A1A, 0.3 miles south of Jackson Way, on the right when traveling north. Located on the grounds of the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum at the south entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3302 N Hwy A1A, Fort Pierce FL 34494, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mk V Special Operations Craft [SOC] (within shouting distance of this marker); The Button (within shouting distance of this marker); Combatant Craft Assault (CCA)WW II Training Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); O Course (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); SOC-6 Special Operations Craft-6 (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Medal of Honor Statue (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Pierce.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 275 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.