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Landing Craft Utility

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Zulu - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense 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
  • 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-1650 96k LCU-1650 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1650 14k LCU-1650 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1650 25k LCU-1650 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1650 84k LCU-1650 approaching a ramp, date and location.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1650 136k Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) arrive at Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, from LCU-1650. LCU-1650 is one of four LCU’s from Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2), Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., deployed with USS Nassau (LHA-4) to the 5th Fleet Area of Operations in support of Maritime Security Operations.
    US Navy photo by PHAN Amanda Clayton.
    LCU-1650 435k
    LCU-1650 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), and embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4), is moored at the Port of Galveston. Nassau is anchored off the coast of Galveston to provide humanitarian assistance support to civil authorities as directed in the wake of Hurricane Ike. US Navy photo # by 080919-N-6575H-547 GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 19, 2008) by MCC Chris Hoffpauir.
    Douglas Brown

    There is no DANFS history for LCU-1650 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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