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Landing Craft Utility

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LCU-1627 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down in 1967 at General Ship, East Boston, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and placed in service in 1967
  • Assigned to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1), NAB Coronado, CA.
  • Current Disposition, active in service
    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-1627 179k LCU-1627 beached in the background as US Marines prepare to load/unload vehicles.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1993.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1627 67k LCU-1627 unloading material from a commercial freighter, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security
    LCU-1627 83k LCU-1627 beached to load a Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine tank during a combined ROK-U.S. amphibious assault maneuver during Exercise FOAL EAGLE 2000 in Korea.
    Photo by TSgt. James E. Lotz, USAF.
    US DoD photo
    LCU-1627 119k LCU-1627 returns U.S Marines and Sailors assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) in the Persian Gulf, 28 February 2005.
    U.S. Navy photo # 050228-N-8801B-012 by PH3 Travis M. Burns.
    Jack Treutle
    LCU-1627 1184k Family and friends of the crew of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) prepare to board from LCU 1627 for the 2008 Tiger Cruise, 7 August 2008. Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76, the Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious force commander.
    U.S. Navy photo # 080807-N-9418A-008 SASEBO, Japan (Aug. 7, 2008) by MC3 Matthew A. Ebarb.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1627 151k LCU-1627 begins hauling in the messenger line from dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) to begin a towing exercise, 17 August 2007. Harpers Ferry is underway in support of Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) 2007. SEACAT is a week long naval exercise between the U.S. and six Southeast Asia nations that allows participating nations to apply maritime security tactics in dynamic threat situations.
    U.S. Navy photo # 070817-N-0120A-046 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Aug. 17, 2007) by MC3 Mark R. Alvarez.
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    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1627 available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Landing Craft, Mechanized and Utility - LCM/LCU
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    Last Updated 18 September 2009