Prior to transitioning the Riverine capability to the U.S. Navy in 2007, USMC utilized the Small Unit Riverine Craft (SURC) as the primary riverine platform. The SURC's primary mission was to provide tactical mobility and fire support for the Ground Combat Element (GCE) of a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) in littoral and riverine environments. Upon purchase, the SURC was immediately deployed in support of Operation Iraq Freedom from 2004 to 2007.
The U.S. Navy currently uses a modified SURC, now known as the Riverine Patrol Boat (RPB). USMC also employs a variety of SAFE platforms in support of a wide range of missions.