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Landing Craft 1 (LC1)

Landing Craft 1 (LC1)

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Key information


To train an LC2 to achieve the objectives stated below and to develop an understanding of amphibious assault operations.

Course Details

To train an LC2 to:

  • Navigation-Assault Navigation technique
  • Coxswain and Command a LCU (10)
  • Beach reconnaissance be able to produce a Class 2 beach survey report and interpret the data implications
  • Operate as a Goat Group Commander and Boat Group Sergeant
  • Control that part of an Amphibious Beach Unit (ABU) relating to reception and withdrawal of landing craft
  • Final exercise participation – A final consolidation exercise assessing practical application of all skills learned including the ability to act as Boat Group
  • Commander and Boat Group Sergeant of a range of landing craft in various tactical operations by day and night, in all weather conditions including reconnaissance, operations, troop insertion plus vehicle insertion
  • To be an instructor in the above


  • Pass LC1 entrance examination, based on LC2 course material
  • Must be a Sergeant or senior Corporal. Must have passed the Landing Craft 2 (LC2) course, passed the above examination and be Suitably Qualified and Experienced (SQEP)
  • IRPCS - International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea knowledge must be at LC2 standard and will be tested in week 1
  • Pass Basic Swim Test
  • Pass Royal Marines Fitness Test (RMFT)
  • Navigational and practical theory examination
Eyesight and hearding standards can be found here: Entry Standards

Exams and Qualifications Gained

Progress tests in weeks 2, 4, 5, 8 and 10 final written and practical examinations, these cover:

  • General exam (all subjects taught)
  • Signals
  • Rule of the Road
  • Pilotage
  • A final consolidation exercise
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (practical examination)
  • Navigational theory and practical examination
  • Craft handling and command of Landing Craft Unit (LCU)
  • Boat Group Command and Boat Group Sergeant skills assessed during final exercise

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