The LCVP Mk2 was built by the Dorset Yacht Company at Poole during the 1960s. The craft was powered by two Foden diesel engines and could carry 35 fully equipped Royal Marines Commandos or two Land Rovers. Foxtrot 7, one of four carried by HMS Fearless (L10), rescued 41 crew members from the burning HMS Antelope (F170) on 24 May 1982 during the Falklands War. It is preserved ashore at the Royal Marines Museum, Portsmouth. Foxtrot 8 is located in Boathouse 4 of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard who have just been awarded funding (Nov 2015) to restore her back to sea-going condition. Tango 5, one of HMS Intrepid’s (L11) LCVPs is currently the “Gate Guardian” at RM Chivenor.
The LCVP Mk4 came into service in 1986 replacing the older LCVP Mk2. Throughout their service they were mostly used in independent Royal Marine amphibious formations. They had a draught of 75 cm at the stern and were powered by twin Perkins 6 cylinder turbo diesel engines Four were used by the British Army’s Royal Logistics Corps.