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US Army LCU-1543

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National Defense Service Medal

US Army LCU-1543 Carolina was transferred to Colombia and renamed ARC Bahia Honda (LCU-248)
LCU-1466 Class Landing Craft Tank:
  • Laid down, November 1954, at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, L.A.
  • Launched in 1954
  • Placed in service in 1954
  • Retired by US Army in April 1990
  • Transferred to Columbia, renamed ARC Rio Honda (LCU-248)
  • Current Disposition, active Columbian Navy
    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
    two twin 20mm AA gun mounts, one port, one starboard
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 shafts, Shaft horsepower 675 bhp per shaft

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    LCU-1543 191k Ex-US Army LCU-1543 Carolina in Colombian naval service as ARC Bahia Honda (LCU-248) moored at Cartagena, Colombia, 21 April 2011. Photos by Barry Gerrard
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    LCU-1543 696k ARC Bahia Honda (LCU-248) moored at Naval Base Cartagena, Colombia, 8 June 2012. Photo by Luis Bernardo Castro Villegas

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