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Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1654


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal

LCU-1646 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, 6 May 1970, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 20 October 1970
  • Placed in service with Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2), NAB Little Creek, VA.
  • Status, active
    Specifications:
    Displacement 200 t.(lt), 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 14
    Armament
    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.
    Propulsion
    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-1654 14k LCU-1654 underway at Augusta Bay, Sicily, circa 27 January 1976. © Richard Leonhardt
    LCU-1654 135k LCU-1654 evacuates American and European citizens from Beirut, Lebanon, 21 June 1976. Evacuees were transported to USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) and then on to Athens, Greece.
    AP Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1654 53k LCU-1654 beached, date and location unknown. US Navy
    LCU-1654 56k LCU-1654 beached while unloading HUMVEES, date and location unknown. US Navy
    LCU-1654 407k Marines wade ashore from LCU-1654 during training exercises, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1982.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1654 32k LCU-1654 entering the well deck of an unidentified LHD, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1654 1959k LCU-1654 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) prepares to embark aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50). Carter Hall is part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, which is en route to the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080826-N-3392P-105 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 26, 2008) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    US Navy Newsstand
    LCU-1654 2105k LCU-1654 attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) prepares to embark aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), 1 November 2008. Carter Hall is part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group, which is en route to the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 081101-N-9134V-046 PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 1, 2008) by MC2 Flordeliz Valerio.
    Robert M. Cieri

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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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