FOXTROT 8 was built as a Mk2 Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) and is a vessel of Marine ply on hardwood frame. Troup deck and helmsman's wheelhouse have bullet proof steel plating protection.construction and had originally twin Foden FD6 diesel diesel engines. She was built in 1959 by Dorset Yacht Company, Poole, although her sister ship was built by Camper and Nicholson.
FOXTROT 8 was in service in the South Atlantic during the Falklands war and served aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS Fearless. and with her sister craft played a major part in landing Marine contingent on the Falkland Islands. Together they landed 3 Commando Brigade at San Carlos Water, the notorious “bomb alley”, during the night of 21 May as part of Operation Sutton. 3 Commando Brigade, reinforced by 2 Para and 3 Para, then marched across East Falkland to Stanley.
Foxtrot 8 can carry 35 fully equipped Royal Marine Commandos or two land rovers. She was one of four assault craft of this type taking the pennant numbers F5 – F8, that were carried on davits on HMS Fearless.
She was bought by the PNBPT in 1997 from Hughes Marine Services a boat salvage yard. It is believed thatFOXTROT 8 AND FOXTROT7 are last remaining of their type.
Foxtrot 8 was built to a design similar to those used during the Second World War.
Fully restored she now operates out of Portsmouth Naval Base, and is available to hire.
Built by Camper & Nicholson, Gosport
Took part in Falklands conflict
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