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Mexeflote

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Type  Landing raft
Crew  6
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Mexeflote
Length  Standard: 20.12 m (66.0 ft) Maxi: 38.41 m (126.0 ft)
Width  Standard: 7.42 m (24.3 ft) Maxi 12.20 m (40.0 ft)
Engine  2 x Hydromaster 6cyl diesel at 75 hp each or 2x Thrustmaster OD150N Propulsion Units 150 hp combined

The Mexeflote is a landing raft used by the British Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Australian Navy to move goods and vehicles between ship and shore. It was first used by British military in the 1960s. It was used during the Falklands conflict, and has been used in humanitarian aid missions.

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History

The Mexeflote was introduced to the British military in the 1960s, and it subsequently saw service in the Falklands War, in which three units were used, including in Southampton, where they were used in loading the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and British Navy ships going to the Falklands.

In 1994, the Army ordered an additional 50 units, and in 2000 they upgraded 60 of the rafts. The Mexeflote was used during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, to transport supplies to the remote Haitian village of Anse-à-Veau from RFA Largs Bay.

Currently the rafts are manned by the Royal Logistic Corps and they are largely used by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's Bay class landing ships. As part of the Royal Australian Navy's acquisition of the Bay class ship RFA Largs Bay (renamed HMAS Choules for Australian service), two Mexeflotes were also acquired.

Design

Mexeflote is a powered raft (two diesel engines), used to move goods and vehicles between ship and shore when a pier is not available. The Mexeflote is designed in three sizes; the standard size is 20.12 metres (66.0 ft) in length and 7.32 metres (24.0 ft) in width, with a capacity of 60,000 kilograms (130,000 lb). Two larger versions (Maxi-Mexeflote) are available; the 38.41 by 7.32 metres (126.0 ft × 24.0 ft) combination has a capacity of 120,000 kilograms (260,000 lb), while the 38.41 by 12.2 metres (126.0 ft × 40.0 ft) combination has a capacity of 180,000 kilograms (400,000 lb). Each version has three components; bow, stern, and centre, which can be fitted together as required, making the Mexeflote a versatile craft. The different sections allow it to be used as a raft, a floating pontoon, or as a causeway from ship to shore.

Mexeflote was the basis for the design of the Modular Elevated Causeway.

References

Mexeflote Wikipedia


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