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Landing Craft Utility

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LCU-1502 was transferred to France, designated RFS L9088 turned over to Republic of South Vietnam, redesignated RVNS HQ-538

LCU-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank (Modified Version of LCT Mark 5)
  • Laid down in 1953 at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, circa 1953-54
  • Transferred to France in 1954, redesignated RFS L-9088
  • Transferred to South Vietnam in 1956, redesignated RVNS HQ-538
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (o.a.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Design Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    three Grey Marine Diesels
    three shafts
    shaft horsepower 675 bhp per shaft

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1502 available at NavSource
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    LCT-1502 221k Ex-LCU-1502 in South Vietnam naval service as RVNS HQ-538 underway on the Mekong River near the Cambodian border with South Vietnam in May 1970. LCU-583 is seen here full of refugees from Cambodia. Photo was taken from USS Satyr (ARL-23) Photo by Artie Kitchen EN3 USS Satyr
    LCT-1502 108k South Vietnam Navy LCT- HQ-538 (Ex-US LCU-1594, French L9088 under way in South Vietnamese waters circa 1971.
    Official South Vietnamese Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

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