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MV Retriever
ex
US Army LCU-1530 (1954 - 1963)


LCU-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down, August 1954, at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, L.A.
  • Launched in 1954
  • Placed in service in 1954
  • Placed out of service in 1963 for transfer to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Final Disposition, unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (ovl.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion
    three Grey Marine Diesels
    three propellers, shaft horsepower 675 bhp per shaft

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    LCU-1530 76k NASA operated MV Retriever (ex-Army LCU-1530) in Clear Creek Channel off Galveston Bay in 1963 after delivery to NASA.
    Image cataloged by Johnson Space Center NASA as (NASA Photo ID: S63-8698.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 228k MV Retriever underway in 1963
    Image cataloged by Johnson Space Center NASA as NASA Photo ID: S63-8722.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 235k MV Retriever with Gemini 4 backup astronauts James Lovell (left) and Frank Borman aboard during training, 25 February 1965.
    Image cataloged by Johnson Space Center NASA as NASA Photo ID: S65-19354.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 291k MV Retriever during Apollo program water recovery training, 1 October 1966.
    Image cataloged by Johnson Space Center NASA as NASA Photo ID: S66-55674.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 83k MV Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston, Texas, during Apollo program recovery tests, in 1966.
    Image cataloged by Johnson Space Center NASA as NASA Photo ID: S66-27792.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 132k MV Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston for Apollo Block II post landing qualification tests with Command Module 007A 5 April 1968.
    Image cataloged by Johnson Space Center NASA as NASA Photo ID: S68-30160.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 168k Apollo recovery test in the Gulf of Mexico aboard MV Retriever. Astronauts Lovell, Roosa and Duke spent 48 hours inside CSM-007A on April 5-7, 1968, evaluating the capacity of the CM to support three astronauts waiting for a delayed recovery.
    Johnson Space Center NASA photo # S68-31882.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 93k Apollo Command Module CSM-007 aboard MV Retriever in the Gulf of Mexico, used for manned 48-hour Apollo Block I Command Module post landing systems qualification tests.
    Johnson Space Center NASA as NASA Photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1530 193k Apollo 13 crew of Jim Lovell (left), Ken Mattingly, and Fred Haise climbing into Command Module boilerplate BP-1102A for egress training aboard MV Retriever, 24 February 1970.
    Johnson Space Center NASA photo # S70-24767.
    Robert Hurst

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