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Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1644


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Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal

LCU-1610 Landing Craft Utility
  • Built between 1970 and 1971 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Delivered and placed in service, date unknown
  • Placed in service with Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2), NAB Little Creek, VA.
  • Status, active
    Specifications
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (o.a.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Design Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    one single 20mm AA gun mount
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion
    three Grey Marine Diesel engines
    three propellers, 675bhp per shaft

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    LCU-1644 115k An Egyptian T-55 tank comes ashore from the utility landing craft LCU-1644, 8 August 1985, at Alexandria, Egypt during an amphibious assault in support of the multinational joint service Exercise Operation Bright Star.
    DOD photo # DF-ST-86-08086 by Capt. Mark Beberwyck
    Defense Imagery
    LCU-1644 122k The bow ramp of utility craft LCU-1644 from the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4) descends as troops and vehicles prepare to hit the beach during training Exercise Sea Soldier III in support of Operation Desert Shield. (At Ras-Madrakah, Oman 1990).
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1644 99k LCU-1644 during amphibious exercises at Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA. USS Stump (DD-978) is anchored off shore in the background. June 1994. Ocean Park Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Virginia Beach, VA.
    LCU-1644 316k Dutch personnel board LCU-1644 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) to perform exercises for the Joint Caribbean Lion 2006. Bataan is a participant in the Dutch led exercise, which includes other worldwide forces including: France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and Venezuela. Note the artwork on the port side wall of LCU-1644s' well deck.
    US Navy photo # 060526-N-3286A-027 Caribbean Sea (May 26, 2006), by JO2 Brian D. Anderson.
    Tracy White
    LCU-1644 91k LCU-1644 returns to the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), 23 June 2011. The Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, participating in the Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) off the coast of Spain.
    US Navy photo by MC3 Desiree D. Green.
    United States European Command
    LCU-1644 256k LCU-1644, left and LCU-1663, right assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), rehearse storming the beach in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, 6 June 2006. ACU-2 is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5), underway joining military forces from France, Spain, United Kingdom and Venezuela in the Dutch led Joint-Caribe Lion, 2006 (J-CL06) exercise. In the distance is the Royal Netherlands Landing Platform Ship HNLMS Rotterdam (L800).
    US Navy photo # 060606-N-8154G-115 by PH3 Jeremy L. Grisham.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 88k a Humvee launches from LCU-1644 assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in the Arabian Gulf, 14 November 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111114-N-KA046-134. by MC3 James Turner.
    Robert Hurst

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