EQUIPMENT DESCRIPTION AND DATA (Contd)
EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISTICS, CAPABILITIES AND FEATURES (Contd)
g. Added individual rifle mounts
h. Sump pump for sampling/changing engine and transmission oils
i. Depth sounder available for surveying operations
The MK II-S retains the same basic safety features of the MK II BEB including:
a. Use of hydrojets for propulsion in place of open propellers
b. Dual independent engines and hydrojets for redundancy and increased
c. Removable cab with searchlight mount, windshield wipers, and shatter-
resistant windshields and plastic side windows.
d. Audible alarms and indicator lights for monitoring engine, fire, and flooded
e. Remote tripping provision for towing hook
f. Emergency engine stop pulls
g. Automatic engine fire extinguisher
h. Provisions for fathometer (depth sounder)
i. Paralleling battery circuit for engine starting and NATO slave receptacle
j. Forward cockpit non-slip matting
k. Basic Issue Items: life jackets, ring buoy, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and
hatchet, boat hook, tools
Boat launch and retrieval operations for the MK II-S are the same as for the MK II,
except that engines are not left running during launch. Performance and handling
characteristics are basically the same with the exception that the MK II-S has a
single throttle/transmission control and hydraulically operated steering and scoop
controls. Bridging and rafting operations with the MK II-S are exactly the same as
for the MK II, and the same personnel and equipment are utilized.
Transport, launch, retrieval, and ground storage of the BEB requires use of the M14
Improved Boat Cradle (IBC) and the M1977 Common Bridge Transporter (CBT)
truck, equipped with Load Handling System (LHS). BEBs are maintainable using
the personnel and equipment assigned to Multi-Role Bridge Company (MRBC) units.
All MK II-S boats have tiedowns and lifting shackles for boat transport by road, rail,
sea, or air.
LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION OF MAJOR COMPONENTS
REMOVABLE CAB--The cab is a removable aluminum structure with
windows that mounts to the forward cockpit to provide weather protection for
boat operator and crewmembers. The removable cab is provided with
windshield wipers and a mounting base for attaching a searchlight.
contains a throttle/transmission control head, a scoop control head, steering
wheel, emergency stop cables, instrument panel, and auxiliary switch panel for
safe operation of the boat.