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Landing Craft Utility

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Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal

LCU-1610 Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down circa 1968 at General Ship and Engine Works, East Boston, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • 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 (Kort nozzles)
    Fuel capacity 3220 gals
    Range 1,200 nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1635 554k An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and LCU-1634 assigned to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1) pass each other as the AAV returns to USS Juneau (LPD-10) and the LCU returns to USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43). Four AAVs departed Juneauís well deck to conduct crossing training with Fort McHenry during Blue-Green Workups, a semi-annual amphibious integration training period between the USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 31st MEU. Juneau and Fort McHenry are forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan.
    US Navy photo # 020309-N-8590G-001 Pacific Ocean (March 9, 2002) by PHAN Gary B. Granger.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1635 1401k LCU-1634 delivers Sailors and Marines from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) to the island of Iwo Jima. The Essex ARG, consisting of USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), and USS Juneau (LPD-10), , are off the coast of Iwo Jima to participate in the 58th Anniversary Commemoration of the historic battle. Iwo Jima was the largest sustained aerial offensive of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The U.S. sent over 110,000 Marines in 880 ships in what also became the largest invasion force of the Pacific Campaign. It took 36 days of fighting and more than 25,000 U.S. casualties to break through and bring the island under American control. Today's forward deployed Sailors from the Essex ARG and embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable, continue to sail throughout the Pacific to help promote peace and stability in the region.
    US Navy photo # 030311-N-0401E-001 Iwo Jima, Japan (March 3, 2003) by JO2 Wes Eplen.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1635 770k LCU-1634 is guided ashore by Sailors from Beach Master Unit One (BMU-1) as it transports Marines and their equipment ashore from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). The Essex ARG, consisting of USS Essex (LHD-2), USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49), and USS Juneau (LPD-10), is off the coast of Iwo Jima to participate in the 58th commemoration of the historic WW II battle.
    US Navy photo # 030310-N-0401E-002 Iwo Jima, Japan (March 10, 2003) by JO2 Wes Eplen.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1635 808k LCU-1634 off loads personnel and equipment of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (24th MEU (SOC)) at Camp Patriot in preparation for operations in Iraq. More than 2,200 Marines attached to the 24th MEU (SOC) have hit the beaches in U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.
    US Navy photo # 030328-N-1050K-016 Camp Patriot, Kuwait (March 29, 2003) by JO1 Joe Krypel.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1635 423k Malaysian army rangers and U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marines, wade ashore from LCU-1634 at a beachhead during an amphibious exercise as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the United States and several Southeast Asian nations designed to build relationships and enhance operational readiness.
    US Navy photo # 080715-N-4431B-581 BUKIT TIOMAN DARAT, Malaysia (July 15, 2008) by CDR. Daryl Borgquist.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1634 79k LCU-1634 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    LCU-1634 29k
    LCU-1634 172k Australian Army Landing Craft Mechanised (LCM) AB-1060 maneuvers alongside the US Navy Landing Craft Utility LCU-1634, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1, for a personnel transfer in Shoalwater Bay, Australia, 16 July 2009. LCU-1634 was launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD-46), to transfer personnel and equipment from ship to shore during Talisman Saber 2009. Talisman Saber is a biennial joint military exercise between the U.S. and Australia focusing on operational and tactical interoperability.
    US Navy photo # 090716-N-6692A-013 by MC1 Geronimo Aquino.
    Robert Hurst

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