News: interesting development craft - high speed landing craft
No place for this kind of news, but thought it would be of interest to multi-hullers.
The French Navy is about to begin evaluations of a new landing craft - a catamaran with "pontoon deck" on an elevator.
The L-Cat is described by one of the developers (Pôl MER PACA) as combining a lift barge and a catamaran. The craft has three primary modes, high-speed cruising, shore-side lander, and dock-side loading from ship or shore facilities. (There's some indication the pontoon deck can be submerged, so it could find use as a mobile dry-dock or boat transport?)