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Patches contributed by Jerry Patterson ENCS USN Ret.

Harbor Utility Craft - YFU-92
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Landing Craft Utility - LCU-1620 (1959 - 1970)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - Echo - Victor
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Dominican Republic (18APR65 - 21SEP66)


LCU-1610 Landing Craft Utility (Experimental):
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Southern Ship Building Co., Slidell LA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service in 1959
  • Converted to a Fire Support Training Vessel for COMTRAPAC in 1966, at San Clemente Island, CA.
  • Reconverted to Landing Craft Utility, 1968
  • Reclassified Harbor Utility Craft YFU-92 and transferred to Point Hueneme in 1970
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and sold in 1972
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 200 t.(lt), 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 12 to 14 Enlisted
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion four Detroit Diesel engines 1,000 bhp, (250 bhp each engine), two shafts
    Fuel Capacity 3220 gals
    Range 1,200 nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1620 37k LCU-1620 undergoing trials at San Diego, (date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1961 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1620 37k LCU-1620 is fitted with two vertical propellers and can stop in three-quarters of her length, from full speed or more than 11 knots, and can turn a complete circle in still water in less than 10 seconds.
    US Navy photos circa July 1963.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1620 165k
    LCU-1620 74k

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1620 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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