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LCU-1646 Class Landing Craft Tank (Modified Version of LCT Mark 5)
  • Laid down in 1970 at Defoe Shipbuilding, Bay City, MI.
  • 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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    LCT-1653 365k LCU-1653 underway near her builders yard, Defoe Shipbuilding Co., 5 May 1971. She typified the final series of LCUs, with the drive-through topsides introduced in LCU-1620.
    US Navy photo text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1654 168k LCU-1653 on the beach in Porto Scudo, April 1992, while embarked with USS Shreveport (LPD-12) and participating in NATO exercise "Operation Dragon Hammer 92". Phillip Toth BMC(SW) Ret. Craftmaster LCU-1653 May 1991 to August 1994
    LCU-1654 57k LCU-1653 beaching, date and location unknown. US Navy photo  
    LCU-1654 43k LCU-1653 beached while off-loading at truck, date and location unknown. US Navy photo.  
    LCU-1654 45k LCU-1653 beached while off-loading troops and vehicles, date and location unknown. US Navy photo.  
    LCU-1654 46k LCU-1653 underway, date and location unknown. US Navy photo.  
    LCU-1654 1433k US Marines load heavy trucks aboard for transfer to the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA-2), 11 January 2003. Saipan and her embarked 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade recently received deployment orders in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.LCU-1653
    US Navy photo # 030111-N-6920A-003 Camp Lejeune, N.C. January 11, 2003 by PHAN Latrice Ames.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1654 96k LCU-1653 moored at a ramp while off-loading troops, date and location unknown. US Navy photo.  
    LCU-1654 77k LCU-1653 underway with trucks and other equipment, date and location unknown. US Navy photo.  

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