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Patch at left contributed by Walter Michielutti LCU-1481

Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1631


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Kilo - Foxtrot
NFTL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal

LCU-1610 Landing Craft Utility:
  • Built in 1968 at General Ship, East Boston, MA.
  • Delivered in 1968
  • Assigned to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1), NAB Coronado, CA.
  • Current Disposition, active in service
    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 (Kort nozzles)
    Fuel Capacity 3220 gals.
    Range 1,200nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1631 268k LCU-1631 crew members prepare to receive steadying lines from Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) as the craft enters the ship’s flooded well deck, 5 September 2002. LCU-1631 transported more than 900 stranded service members, part of the III Marine Expeditionary Force, from Pohang, Republic of Korea to the Essex. With the Marines’ transportation affected by Typhoon ‘Rusa’ and running low on supplies, Essex was dispatched from its forward-deployed port of Sasebo, Japan, to Pohang to provide assistance and transportation to Okinawa, Japan. The Marines had just finished participating in the combined exercise Ulchi Focus Lens 2002 with the Republic of Korea and United States Combined Forces Command. Essex is forward-deployed to Sasebo and LCU 1631 is attached to Assault Craft Unit One Western Pacific
    US Navy photo # 020905-N-8590G-007 Pohang, ROK Sept. 5, 2002 by PH3 Gary B. Granger.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCT-1631 99k LCU-1631 entering the well deck of a large amphibious ship (LSD, LPD, LHA, LHD), location and date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Global Security web site.
     
    LCT-1631 63k LCU-1631 retracting from the beach, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Global Security web site.
     
    LCU-1631 1090k LCU-1631 transports Sailors & Marines toward the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) during a non-combatant evacuation operation drill. Essex is currently conducting operations during her scheduled deployment.
    US Navy photo # 101001-N-SO729-053 East China Sea (October 1, 2010) by MCSN Adam M. Bennett.
    Robert M. Cieri

    There is no DANFS history record for LCU-1631 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 15 July 2011