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The Combat Support Boat
is a boat in use with the British Army
The British Army is the land warfare branch of Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the United Kingdom. It came into being with the unification of the Kingdom of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The new British Army incorporated Regiments that had already existed in England...
. It is a powerful, versatile craft whose major role is to support both bridging and amphibious operations. Powered by Water jet
A pump-jet, hydrojet, or water jet, is a marine system that creates a jet of water for propulsion. The mechanical arrangement may be a ducted propeller with nozzle, or a centrifugal pump and nozzle...
propulsion it has a high thrust at shallow draught. It is also be used as a general-purpose working boat and is used in support of diving operations, ship-to-shore re-supply and inland water patrols. A purpose-built trailer was designed for the Combat Support Boat which aids launching and recovery. The Combat Support Boat is used by the Royal Engineers
The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers , and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army....
in support of bridging, military diving and riverine patrol operations and the Royal Marines
The Corps of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, commonly just referred to as the Royal Marines , are the marine corps and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service...
for littoral operations. It saw successful service in Iraq
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