An LCAC from Camp Pendleton maneuvers behind the USS Anchorage on Dec. 26. Navy photo

The Navy released a dramatic photo of a landing craft, air cushion maneuvering behind the USS Anchorage during a training mission in the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26.

Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Pendleton are embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock that left San Diego in July with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group.

The Anchorage recently made a port call at Visakhapatnam on the Bay of Bengal, and then left to take part in a joint training mission with the Indian navy destroyer INS Rajpute.

The LCACs are special hovercraft that are released from Navy amphibious ships and can travel almost 50 mph, allowing Marine assaults to be launched from far offshore.

There are 72 LCACs in the Navy inventory, with a major base on Interstate 5 at Camp Pendleton.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.