F8 - Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel

Originally designated as Land Craft Assault (Type 2) (LCA(2)), these vessels were redesignated Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) when they were attached to Landing Platform Dock (L Class) ships HMS Intrepid and HMS Fearless.  Foxtrot 8 was one of four vessels of its type carried on board HMS Fearless, which was sent to the South Atlantic during the Falklands conflict in 1982.  With her sister craft, Foxtrot 8 played a major part in landing Royal Marine and army contingents on the Falkland Islands.

She was bought by the PNBPT in 1994 from Hughes Marine Services (HMS), a boat salvage yard.

The craft are powered by two diesel engines (similar to those found in a London bus).  The propellers are located in recesses at the stern allowing the craft to be beached without snagging in sand and gravel.

As of November 2018, a contract has been awarded to a private marine engineering company, who will rebuild and restore her.  It is anticipated she will return to us, fully operational, in the summer of 2019.  Foxtrot 8’s restoration is a project funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.

Boat Stats

Length Overall

43ft

Beam

10ft 6in

Draft

22in

Displacement

12.5 tons

Engine

Two Foden FD6 diesel engines (removed)

Speed

 8 Knots

Construction

Marine ply on hardwood frame. Troup deck and helmsman's wheelhouse have bullet proof steel plating protection.

Date Built

1959/1960

Boat Yard

Dorset Yacht Company, Poole.

Supported by:

Supported by Regional Growth Fund