7.65m Commando Operational Watercraft

7.65 m Commando Operational Watercraft: Patrol Vessel

The Commando Operational Watercraft vessels were designed by Southerly Designs to an extraorindarily demanding specification. Part of this specification involved being air-portable by helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, as well as being able to be deployed by parachute. They also required a very high standard of seakeeping and the ability to operate onto, and off, surf beaches. The final tri-hull design incorporates a large waterplane area for carrying capacity, whilst also providing excellent static and dynamic stability and handling characteristics.

A central console has seating for two crew, and a further 8 removable seats for eight combat-equipped troops can be arranged throughout the vessel. A lightweight Steyr diesel producing 266hp drives a Hamilton waterjet and produces a top speed in excess of 30 knots. Operational speed, in sea state 3 – 4, is 20 knots and with 500 litres of fuel on board the range at operational speed is greater than 200 nautical miles.


Vessel Length 7.65 Meters
Launch Date Jul 2003
Vessel Type Landing Craft
Number of Vessel 18
Builder Western Boat Builders
Construction Material Marine Grade Aluminium
LOA 7.65 m
Beam 2.7 m
Main Engine 1 x STEYR 266TD
Propulsion Water Jet
Speed Max 30.0 kts
Speed Cruise 20.0 kts
Fuel Capacity 500 L
Crew 2
Passengers 8

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