The Mark V
is used to carry Special Operations Forces (SOF), primarily
SEAL combat swimmers, into and out of operations where the
threat to these forces is considered to be low to medium. They
also support limited coastal patrol and interruption of enemy
The MARK V Special Operations Craft (SOC) is the newest,
versatile, high performance combatant craft introduced into
the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Special Boat Squadron (SBR)
inventory to improve maritime special operations capabilities.
MARK Vs are organized into detachments comprised of two boats,
crews and a deployment support package mounted on cargo
transporters. The detachment can be delivered in-theater
rapidly by two C-5 aircraft, by a well or flight deck equipped
surface ships and, if appropriate, under their own power. The
detachment can be deployable within 48 hours of notification
and ready for operations within 24 hours of arrival at a
forward operating base. They can operate from shore
facilities, from well-deck equipped ships or from ships with
appropriate crane and deck space capabilities.
The MARK Vs are a result of a streamlined acquisition effort
managed by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Special Operations Acquisition Executive (SOAE). From the
awarding of the contract to actual possession of the first
boat took only 18 months.
Length: 82 feet.
Beam: 17 feet 6 inches.
Displacement: 57 tons.
Speed: 50 knots.