Combatant Craft and Boats
Boats are water craft less than 65 feet long. Boats enable the Navy and Coast Guard to perform missions such as rendering aid to people and property in distress at sea, protecting ports, waterways and shore side facilities. Boats are also used to enforce federal laws on the high seas and waters under US jurisdiction. Marine Corps Riverine Assault Craft can be used for armed escort, command, control, and communications, transport, armed reconnaissance and pursuit.
US Navy SEALS have a variety of similar types of boats used for armed escort, command, control, and communications, transport, armed reconnaissance and pursuit.
The Coast Guard has approximately 2,000 boats in its inventory, divided into six classes: Aid to Navigation, Motor Life, Motor Surf, Ports and Waterways, Surf Rescue, and Utility. Coast Guard boats operate mainly in-shore and on inland US waterways.
Sources and Resources
- Chapter 583 - Boats and Small Craft - 191 pages [PDF] (2.08 KB) Naval Ships' Technical Manual
- Service Craft @ Naval Vessel Register
- Combat Craft Project Gallery