The LCM-8 (“Mike Boat”) is a river boat and mechanized landing craft used by the United States Navy and Army during the Vietnam War and subsequent operations. They are currently used by governments and private organizations throughout the world. The acronym stands for “Landing Craft Mechanized, Mark 8”
The vessel weighs 135,000 pounds (61,200 kg) and has a crew of four: a Boatswain’s Mate petty officer, an Engineman petty officer, a non-rated fireman, and a seaman. US Army specifications call for a crew of six: two coxswains, two seaman and two enginemen. The LCM-8s are constructed from welded steel and powered by two 12 V-71 diesel engines, twin propeller screws, and rudders. The ship can carry 60 short tons of cargo. It was designed by Marinett Marine Corp Dimensions. It has a range of 190 miles at 9kts full load.