media reports, the US Army has ordered 374 "Bridging Boats" to be made by Birdon in NSW. The stubby little boats are used to push floating bridges into position and to transport equipment (including tanks) on rafts. These were adapted from a German design for the Australian Defence Force. The boats may also find some use on Australia's two Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships, to supplement the 12 LCM-1E amphibious mechanized landing craft already ordered. They may also supplement the Mexeflote powered rafts of HMAS Choules (L100).