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Landing Craft Utility

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Ribbon - Humanitarian Service Medal

LCU-1646 Landing Craft Utility:
  • Built between 1970 and 1971 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, Michigan
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • Placed in service with Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2), NAB Little Creek, VA.
  • Status, active
    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-1649 17k LCU-1649 underway off Bay City, MI. Defoe Shipbuilding photo.  
    LCU-1649 18k LCU-1649 underway off Bay City, MI. Defoe Shipbuilding photo.  
    LCU-1649 736k LCU-1649 passes near the Soviet Kashin class DDG Krasny Krim. The US Navy Amphibious Ready Group was at anchor in the Kithira Straits, 25 June 1976. Note USS Charleston (AKA-113) anchored in the background.
    Photos taken from Krasny Krim
    Eugene Ivkin
    LCU-1649 390k
    LCU-1649 567k
    LCU-1649 125k A Marine Corps M-923 5-ton truck drives ashore from LCU-1649 at Camp Lejeune, N.C. in 1985. Tommy Trampp

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1649 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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