US Navy Hovercraft To Land On San Francisco Beach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Navy hovercraft is set to land on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach as part of a disaster response training exercise.

The amphibious military vehicle is scheduled to arrive around 10 a.m. Wednesday to help kick off this year’s San Francisco Fleet Week.

The Navy will be showcasing the hovercraft and its mobile surgical center to city emergency management officials as well as Mayor Ed Lee.

Officials say the hovercraft, also known as Landing Craft Air Cushion, could deliver supplies, equipment and personnel to San Francisco if a major earthquake or other disaster takes out roads and bridges.

The Navy LCAC has been used to respond to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Fleet Week continues through this weekend with popular events such as the Parade of Ships and Blue Angels Air Show.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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