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Landing Craft Utility

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National Defense 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
    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-1655 61k LCU-1655 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1655 36k LCU-1655 underway astern of an unidentified LPD, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1655 31k LCU-1655 beaching, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1655 32k LCU-1655 beaching while landing troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    LCU-1655 166k LCU-1655 beached in Guatemala, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1976.

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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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