Assault Craft Unit Two

Assault Craft Unit Two Welcome to the official page for Assault Craft Unit TWO, Workhorse of the Amphibious Fleet! ACU TWO is a unique and dynamic naval unit with almost 300 officers and Sailors operating 16 Utility Landing Craft (LCU) vessels, 4 Mechanized Landing Craft (LCM-8) and 2 Utility Boats (UB).
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ACU TWO craft have operated in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea , supporting virtually every amphibious exercise or contingency operation that occurred in those waters since 1960. The unit has its roots in the early development of amphibious warfare. While the need for specialized naval forces was foreseen as early as the 1930s, it was not until World War II that they became reality with the formation of the Amphibious Forces and the Beach Party Battalions. The Beach Party Battalion, the forerunner of the Naval Beach Group of today, was a group of personnel organized to ensure an orderly flow of personnel, material and vehicles across a beach, embracing the missions of today’s Beachmaster Units, Amphibious Construction Battalions and Assault Craft Units. The Beach Party Battalions and Assault Craft Units evolved through trial and error and, by the time the United States and its Allies went on the offensive in World War II, the Beach Party Battalion had become an integral part of every amphibious assault. After World War II, the Beach Party Battalions were combined and commissioned as Naval Beach Group TWO. The command was further modified in 1949 when Boat Unit TWO and Beachmaster Unit TWO were formed and added to Naval Beach Group TWO. Boat Unit TWO, the predecessor of ACU TWO, was formed to provide lighterage to transport groups, to assist in the ship-to-shore movement of troops, vehicles and cargo, and to provide boats for tending pontoon causeways. When formed, Boat Unit TWO operated LCM-6 craft, but started shifting to the faster, larger and more capable LCM-8 in 1957. The new LCM-8s could carry a heavier and more varied combat load. BOAT UNIT TWO gained a third landing craft variant in 1959 when it merged with Landing Craft Squadron TWO and its LCUs. In December 1959, Boat Unit TWO officially changed its name to Assault Craft Unit TWO (ACU TWO). Since 1959, ACU TWO has provided landing craft detachments that have participated in numerous significant operations. ACU TWO elements participated in the Cuban Refugee assistance operations in the Florida Strait in 1980; the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) evacuation from Beirut in 1982 and the subsequent insertion of Multi-National Peacekeeping Forces; the rescue of American students and citizens on the island of Grenada in 1983; the liberation of Kuwait and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991; the restoration of democracy to Haiti in 1994; and Operation Allied Force in support of peacekeeping and humanitarian support 1999. Most recently, ACU TWO supported amphibious operations during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Landing craft detachments routinely support Mediterranean Amphibious Ready Groups (MARG) and the annual South American UNITAS Exercise. In addition to supplying landing craft detachments, ACU TWO provides trained personnel to support Maritime Pre-positioning Force (MPF) operations. Relatively new to the ACU TWO mission, the MPF concept was developed in the 1980s in response to the reduction in forces the United States had stationed overseas and the availability of foreign bases. The concept centers around merchant ships pre-loaded with United States Marine Corps equipment which are offloaded at port or at anchor and then married with Marines to provide a combat force anywhere in the world. ACU TWO trains and provides active duty and reserve personnel to operate the LCM-8s used to offload the ships. ACU TWO has participated in training and international MPF exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and the Caribbean Sea. Finally, ACU TWO plays a significant role in support of the U. S. Navy’s recruiting and Public Affairs programs. The unit has conducted numerous harbor tours of the Little Creek waters for a host of different organizations. ACU TWO, The Workhorse of the Amphibious Fleet, continues the proud tradition established almost forty years ago as it maintains, trains and sends to sea, combat-ready craft and crews, ready for any task assigned by Amphibious Task Force Commanders.

Mission: Our mission is to provide trained personnel and combat ready craft to operational commanders in support of amphibious and maritime prepositioning force (MPF) Operation and training.

Operating as usual

Congratulations to our sailors who advanced!
08/14/2020

Congratulations to our sailors who advanced!

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story
07/26/2020

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

**EFFECTIVE MONDAY, 27 JULY**

JEBLCFS MWR facilities will reopen with the following days and hours.

07/26/2020
Naval Air Station Oceana

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‼️ DAM NECK ANNEX BEACH/MWR UPDATE ‼️

Effective Saturday 7/25, the Dam Neck Annex beach is open. Patrons MUST exercise physical distancing, with group size of ten or less, and assume responsibility for their own water safety. A lifeguard hiring process is underway. Thanks for your patience during the recreational closing.

The FRAGO pertains to public beaches, which are still off limits. Please contact your chain of command if further clarification is required.

Certain MWR services are also coming back online! More details coming next week.

07/26/2020
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

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***JEB BEACH UPDATE***

Effective Sunday, July 26th from 10:00am to 6:00pm, E- Beach on Little Creek will open up to groups of 10 or less on a first come, first serve basis to avoid over crowding . E-Beach has pre-marked areas to help keep groups socially distanced.

Fort Story beaches will open on Monday, July 27th from 10:00am to 6:00pm with the same social distancing restrictions and a similar first come, first serve basis to avoid over crowding.

Beaches are open prior to 10:00am and after 6:00pm for fishing and exercise only.

JEBLCFS will open additional services this week with varying levels of restriction and mitigation measures as we continue to operate in an elevated Health Protection Condition for a prolonged period of time.

Last week we welcomed home LCU 1655 from their deployment.GSMFN Vargas Diaz, EN3 Rosborough, BM3 Lopez, GM3 Parkhurst, E...
07/21/2020

Last week we welcomed home LCU 1655 from their deployment.
GSMFN Vargas Diaz, EN3 Rosborough, BM3 Lopez, GM3 Parkhurst, EN2 Baldovinos, CS2 Brotherton, ET2 Dukes, BM2 Fisher, EM2 Hitchens, EN2 Morel, EN2 Moctezumasalazar, QM1 Hunter, and BMC Carrel.

Congratulations to EM1 Heffner, EN2 Stapleton, CS3 Pequeno and BMSN Galiza on receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Achiev...
07/10/2020

Congratulations to EM1 Heffner, EN2 Stapleton, CS3 Pequeno and BMSN Galiza on receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal!

Congratulations to our new Ombudsman, Mrs. Rayna Powell!
07/10/2020

Congratulations to our new Ombudsman, Mrs. Rayna Powell!

Congratulations EN2 Flores, SN Dorsey, and SN Shanks on receiving their certificate of qualification for small craft Cox...
07/10/2020

Congratulations EN2 Flores, SN Dorsey, and SN Shanks on receiving their certificate of qualification for small craft Coxswain!

Photos from Assault Craft Unit Two's post
06/27/2020

Photos from Assault Craft Unit Two's post

06/10/2020

As the state of Virginia transitions into Phase 2, Sailors are reminded they are still only permitted to travel to and from work and to mission essential businesses (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.).

Additionally, no date has been established yet for the opening of facilities/amenities (gyms, religious services, additional childcare) onboard JEBLC-FS. Leadership is continually evaluating and will keep everyone posted once dates are established.

We hope everyone is staying safe and thank you for your support.

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
06/09/2020

Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic

Interested in participating in a peaceful assembly? Here's what you can do as an active duty service member:

06/09/2020
Surface Force Atlantic

The Final Virtual Tour.

Join us for the final tour video from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two!
This video compiles all the platforms, LCU. LCM, and UB.

We hope you have enjoyed these tours from Assault Craft Unit Two!

06/06/2020
Surface Force Atlantic

Part 3 of the virtual tour!

Join us for the third part and #DDay remembrance tour of Assault Craft Unit Two!
Today's tour is on board the Landing Craft, Mechanized platform.

ACU 2 is a unique and dynamic naval unit with almost 325 officers, chiefs and crew operating 16 Utility Landing Craft (LCU) vessels, 2 Mechanized Landing Craft (LCM-8) and 4 Utility Boats (UB). ACU 2 craft have operated in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea , supporting virtually every amphibious exercise or contingency operation that occurred in those waters since 1960.

Tune in tomorrow for the final tour video!

This week Assault Craft Unit TWO’s Det D. Shot the M240 machine gun in support of their upcoming certifications.
06/05/2020

This week Assault Craft Unit TWO’s Det D. Shot the M240 machine gun in support of their upcoming certifications.

What a great day for a frocking ceremony. Congratulations BM3 Fernandez! 🇺🇸
06/05/2020

What a great day for a frocking ceremony. Congratulations BM3 Fernandez! 🇺🇸

Congratulations to EN2 Yates for continuing your journey with the Navy! Re-enlistment was held on Landing Craft Unit 165...
06/05/2020

Congratulations to EN2 Yates for continuing your journey with the Navy! Re-enlistment was held on Landing Craft Unit 1654. ⚓️

06/05/2020
Surface Force Atlantic

Part 2 of Assault Craft Unit TWO’s virtual tour on Utility Boat 22.

Join us for the second part of a tour of Assault Craft Unit Two!
Today's tour is on board the Utility Boat platform, the smallest and fastest at ACU 2.

ACU 2 is a unique and dynamic naval unit with almost 325 officers, chiefs and crew operating 16 Utility Landing Craft (LCU) vessels, 2 Mechanized Landing Craft (LCM-8) and 4 Utility Boats (UB). ACU 2 craft have operated in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea , supporting virtually every amphibious exercise or contingency operation that occurred in those waters since 1960.

Tune in tomorrow for the third part of the tour, on board the Landing Craft, Mechanized!

Assault Craft Unit Two
06/05/2020

Assault Craft Unit Two

A message from our Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gilday on George Floyd’s death. https://news.usni.org/2020/06/03/v...
06/05/2020
VIDEO: CNO Gilday Message on Death of George Floyd, National Unrest - USNI News

A message from our Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gilday on George Floyd’s death.

https://news.usni.org/2020/06/03/video-cno-gilday-message-on-death-of-george-floyd-national-unrest

The following is the June 3, 2020 statement from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday to the fleet on the death George Floyd and current national unrest. Good evening, I wanted to take a few moments to talk to our Navy family – our officers, our enlisted Sailors, our Navy civilians, and our ...

06/04/2020
Surface Force Atlantic

Assault Craft Unit TWO’s very own Senior Chief Doud giving a virtual tour of LCU 1654. 🇺🇸

Join us for the first part of a tour of Assault Craft Unit Two!
Today's tour is on board the Utility Landing Craft (LCU) platform, the largest at ACU 2.

ACU 2 is a unique and dynamic naval unit with almost 325 officers, chiefs andcrew operating 16 Utility Landing Craft (LCU) vessels, 2 Mechanized Landing Craft (LCM-8) and 4 Utility Boats (UB). ACU 2 craft have operated in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea , supporting virtually every amphibious exercise or contingency operation that occurred in those waters since 1960.

Tune in tomorrow for the second part of the tour, on board the utility boat!

Congratulations EN2 Christains! Thank you for your hard work. ⚓️🇺🇸
05/29/2020

Congratulations EN2 Christains!
Thank you for your hard work. ⚓️🇺🇸

Sailors of LCU 1663 and HT Repair Shop took advantage of the great weather for preservation, Maintenance on the Life Raf...
03/04/2020

Sailors of LCU 1663 and HT Repair Shop took advantage of the great weather for preservation, Maintenance on the Life Raft, and Searchlight Mount repairs completed out on main deck.

02/20/2020

Due to inclement weather and treacherous road conditions, Joint Expedition Base Little Creek - Fort Story has issued a 2 hour delay in reporting of Non-Essential Personnel. All Essential Personnel should report on time. Monitor local media outlets for any changes.

Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO
02/19/2020

Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO

Some more photos from MPFEX 20, including media day, highlighting the great efforts of all of our Gatorbees! Assault Craft Unit Two Beachmaster Unit Two

Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO
02/19/2020

Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO

Some great efforts so far from all of our Gatorbees as well as the other Beach Group commands and the Marines. Smooth MPFEX so far! Assault Craft Unit Two Beachmaster Unit Two

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2
02/12/2020

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2

Sailors from Assault Craft Unit Two preposition a utility boat in the basin at Naval Station Mayport during Maritime Prepositioning Force Exercise (MPFEX) 20, Feb. 11.

#MPFEX20

The crew of Assault Craft Unit 2 (ACU 2) held a change of command ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort...
02/09/2020

The crew of Assault Craft Unit 2 (ACU 2) held a change of command ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Feb. 7, 2020. Cmdr. Riley W. Murdock relieved Cmdr. Mario T. Freeman, becoming the 35th commanding officer of Assault Craft Unit 2.

02/04/2020

For those of you that don’t know, ACU2 has a command basketball team! 🏀🏀🏀
💥COME OUT & SUPPORT OUR SAILORS! 💥

Wed, Feb 5th 1700 VS NECC
@ Rockwell Gym East Court

Thurs, Feb 6th 1900 VS ACB2
@ Rockwell Gym East Court

SEE YOU THERE! 💫

Action shot of EN3 Horn and SN Cabebe rehabilitating the ACU TWO mural 🎨🐢🇺🇸
02/04/2020

Action shot of EN3 Horn and SN Cabebe rehabilitating the ACU TWO mural 🎨🐢🇺🇸

ACU TWO welcomed Landing Craft Utility 1657 and 1664 home yesterday from their eight month deployment with the KEARSARGE...
07/17/2019

ACU TWO welcomed Landing Craft Utility 1657 and 1664 home yesterday from their eight month deployment with the KEARSARGE ARG! The craft were embarked on USS FORT MCHENRY and supported numerous missions in the Fifth and Sixth Fleet Area of Operations. Welcome Home Shipmates!

On 20OCT18, ACU TWO hosted the ACU TWO Alumni Association for a reunion to celebrate the strong history of the command. ...
10/24/2018

On 20OCT18, ACU TWO hosted the ACU TWO Alumni Association for a reunion to celebrate the strong history of the command. The reunion began with a "meet and greet" of both past and present ACU TWO Sailors and ended with a raffle to raise money for the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. LCU 1663 also got underway for a harbor tour and a quick stop at the Mudflats. It was a great event and ACU TWO looks foward to next year!

09/12/2018
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story

CITY OF NORFOLK NEWS

The City shelters that will open at 1 p.m. today are:

- Bayview Community Center (pet friendly) - 8613 Willow Terrace
- Berkley Community Center (pet friendly) - 121 Liberty Street
- Crossroads Elementary School - 8021 Old OCean View Road
- Southside STEM Academy - 1106 Campostella Road

This information is osted on the Norfolk.gove web site and on City social media.

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2901 Amphibious Dr
Virginia Beach, VA
23459

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