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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.
International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - 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 1968 and placed in service as LCU-1616
During the Vietnam War LCU-1616 was attached to the Lighterage Branch, Operations division, Naval Support Activity, DaNang, Republic of Vietnam and 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
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
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
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
1 July to 30 September 1971
Placed out of service, date unknown
Sold to Panama, date unknown
Final Disposition, for sale after beingplaced out of service by Panama
LCU-1616 earned at least twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
Displacement 200 tons (lt.) 375 t.(fl)
Length 134' 9"
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
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
two Detroit 12V-71 Diesel engines
two shafts (Kort nozzles) 1,000 bhp, 680hp sustained
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||LCU-1616 under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|R D Altman DS1 USN Ret.
There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1616 / 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
Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
Mobile Riverine Force Association
Last Updated 13 March 2015
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