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Landing Craft Utility

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Battle Efficiency Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal

LCU-1646 Landing Craft Utility:
  • Built between 1970 and 1971 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan
  • 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 14
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    two M60 machine guns
    one M203 grenade launcher
    twelve M16 rifles
    two 9mm pistols
    Load 170 tons
    Military Lift three M1A1 tanks, 10 LAVs or 400+ troops, 125 tons of cargo.
    Radar Navigation: LN 66 or SPS-53; I band.
    two Detroit 12V-71 Diesel engines
    twin shafts, 680shp sustained, Kort nozzles
    Fuel Capacity 3220 gals.
    Range 1,200nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1646 358k LCU-1646 and LCMs from USS St. Louis (LKA-116) attempt to pull USS Schenectady (LST-1185) off the beach in the Philippines during WestPac77. Derick S. Hartshorn
    LCU-1646 248k U.S. Marines from Expeditionary Strike Group One, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit wade ashore from LCU-1646, September 2005, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # 050912-N-3293G-005
    Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1646 34k An M1A1 battle tank disembarks from LCU-1646, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    ACU-1 Web Site
    LCU-1646 76k A Logistical Amphibious Recovery Craft (LARC) disembarks from LCU-1646 from Beachmaster Unit One (BMU-1) at Bellows Air Force Station, Hawaii, during an amphibious assault as part of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060722-N-9288T-234 by MC2 Brandon A. Teeples.
    RIMPAC 2006 web site
    LCU-1646 87k US Marines disembarking from LCU-1646 onto an Egyptian beach during exercise Bright Star.
    US Navy photo by MC2 Brandon A. Teeples.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1646 210k LCU-1646 standing out of San Diego, 19 May 2009. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1646 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 17 June 2016