Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) General Safety
An important factor when operating with AAVs is visibility. Due to the vehicle’s height and length, the driver’s visibility is severely reduced, particularly when objects are close to the vehicle. When the hatches are secured and the driver is looking through two inches of bulletproof glass, his visibility is reduced even farther.
Distance from shore
If an underway launch is planned, consideration must be given to not exceed 4,000 yards from shore due to crew considerations. For exercise purposes, the ship should be anchored 2,000 yards from the beach or lying to with base steerageway.
Safety boats are mandatory during all waterborne evolutions. One safety boat is required for five or less vehicles and two safety boats when six or more vehicles are waterborne. Safety boat crews shall be manned by a standard boat crew (Coxswain, Boat Engineer, Bow Hook) and a Boat Officer. If deemed necessary by the Commanding Officer, a Rescue Swimmer should accompany the boat crew. The Senior Boat Officer is designated the Boat Group Commander (BGC
Safety and recovery vehicle
The AAV detachment Officer in Charge (OIC) will designate one AAV as the primary safety and recovery vehicle.
Boat Group Commander
The Boat Group Commander (BGC) is responsible for the safe navigation of the safety boats and AAV. The BGC must stay vigilant to other surface craft operating in the launch area or navigational hazards not briefed.
All safety boat personnel are to be alert for the AAV distress signals when AAVs are waterborne.
No AAV is to be spotted or left stationary on an energy absorbing ramp or vehicle ramp. There is no safe or approved way of securing an AAV on an incline.
AAVs are not equipped with navigational lights for night or low-visibility operations. To reduce the potential hazard to both AAVs and shipping, the use of chemical lights (chemlites), attached to the AAV's antennas, is recommended. Any color but green may be used. Green has been designated by the Navy and US Coast Guard for man overboard.