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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-98
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Landing Craft Utility - LCU-1615


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Oscar
NJPO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Presidential Unit Citation - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (8 March to 14 May 1965 Assault Craft Div. 11&13, Vietnam) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (12)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Vietnam Campaign Medal


LCU-1610 Class Landing Craft Tank (Modified Version of LCT Mark 5)
  • Laid down in 1957 at Gunderson Bros., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered in 1957 and placed in service as LCU-1615, date unknown
  • During the Vietnam war LCU-1615 participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 31 October 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April to 30 June 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July 1970 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 30 September 1971

  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-98, date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target in 1986
  • LCU-1615 earned at least twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 200 tons (lt.) 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts
    Radar, navigation LN-66 or SPS-53, one band
    Range1200 miles at 8 kts
    Cargo Capacity 170 tons
    Complement 14 Enlisted
    Armament
    As Built - two single .50 cal machine guns
    Vietnam War era - two twin 20mm gun mounts
    Current - two 12.7mm machine gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 3220 Gals Diesel
    Propulsion
    two Detroit 12V-71 Diesel engines
    two shafts (Kort nozzles) 1,000 bhp, 680hp sustained

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    LCT-562 3504k From left to right; LCU-1615, YFU-55 and YFU-4 at the Tien Sha Ramp, Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1969. Photo by ©David A. Loggie / 1968 YFU-4.
    LCT-1615 927k From left to right; LCU-1615, YFU-55 and YFU-4 at the Tien Sha Ramp, Da Nang, South Vietnam, 1969. Photo by ©David A. Loggie / 1968 YFU-4.

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1615 / YFU-98 available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book

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