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Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1656


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Quebec - Tango
NOQT
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LCU-1646 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, 6 May 1970, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 20 October 1970
  • Delivered and placed in service at Norfolk, VA., 2 June 1971
  • 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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    LCT-1656
    030330-N-1050K-005
    284k U.S. Army personnel assigned to the 567th Transportation Company offload water and general military supplies from LCU-1656, at Camp Patriot, Kuwait, 30 March 2003. The 567th is deployed conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein.
    US Navy photo #'s 030330-N-1050K-005 and 030330-N-1050K-004 by JO1 Joseph Krype.
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-1656
    030330-N-1050K-004
    305k
    LCT-1656 110k LCU-1656 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) based at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. departs from the well deck of the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan (LHD-5), 31 August 2005. LCU-1656 is loaded with sand bags, water, a small flat bottom boat, 300 lifejackets, a HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), and enough supplies to last 10 days as part of the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina hit the Southern Gulf Coast States. Bataan is off the coast of Louisiana.
    US Navy photo ID # unknown.
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-1656 2763k LCU-1656 and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) conduct a stern gate marriage evolution as part of the volunteer efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, 13 September 2005. The Navy's involvement in the humanitarian assistance operations are being led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense.
    US Navy photo # 050913-N-1467R-005 by PHAN Pedro A. Rodriguez.
    Robert Hurst
    LCT-1656 899k LCU-1656 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) based at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., approaches LCU-1658 during a stern gate maneuvering exercise. ACU-2 is currently embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA-2). Saipan is on deployment in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations (MSO). Note the artwork on the port side wall of LCU-1656s' well deck.
    US Navy photo # 060916-N-8547M-046 Persian Gulf (Sept. 16, 2006) by MCSN Patrick W. Mullen III.
    Tracy White
    LCT-1656 196k LCU-1656 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) performs pier side maneuvers during a training exercise on board Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, 11 April 2007. LCU-1656 is performing routine training in preparation for an upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 070411-N-8547M-076 by MCSN Patrick W. Mullen III.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1658 273k LCU-1656 and LCU-1658, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) based at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Va., prepare to embark aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4), 12 September 2008. Nassau is underway to provide assistance to civilian authorities, if called upon, in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
    US Navy photo # 080912-N-6439C-031 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2008) by MC2 Amanda Clayton.
    Douglas Brown and Robert M. Cieri
    LCT-1656 280k LCU-1656 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) departs the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4). Nassau is anchored off the coast of Galveston, Texas to support civil authorities in disaster response as directed in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
    US Navy photo # 080912-N-6439C-050 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2008) by MC1 Mary Popejoy.
    Douglas Brown and Robert M. Cieri
    LCT-1656 311k LCU-1656 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) departs the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4). Nassau is anchored off the coast of Galveston, Texas to support civil authorities in disaster response as directed in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
    US Navy photo # 080918-N-1003P-054 GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 18 2008) by MC1 Mary Popejoy.
    Douglas Brown and Robert M. Cieri
    LCT-1656 157k BMSN Gregory Newland directs a light amphibious re-supply cargo vehicle (LARC-V) from Beach Master Unit (BMU-2) into LCU-1656 at the beach in Galveston, Texas. The LARC-V will be used to deliver hay to cows stranded by water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. BMU-2 and LCU-1656 are working with the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4) to render disaster response and aid to civil authorities as directed in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
    US Navy photo # 080921-N-0193M-098 GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 21, 2008) by MC2 Elizabeth Merriam.
    Douglas Brown
    LCT-1656 174k LCU-1656 picks up a light amphibious re-supply cargo vehicle (LARC-V) from Beach Master Unit (BMU-2) at the beach in Galveston, Texas, to deliver hay to cows stranded by water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, 21 September 2008. BMU-2 and LCU-1656 are working with the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4) to render disaster response and aid to civil authorities as directed in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
    US Navy photo # 080921-N-0193M-064 GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 21, 2008) by MC2 Elizabeth Merriam.
    Douglas Brown and Robert M. Cieri
    LCT-1656 457k LCU-1656, LCU-1658 and LCU-1661 assigned to Beach Master Unit (BMU-2) moored at the Port of Galveston. USS Nassau (LHA-4) 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 # 080919-N-6575H-574 GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 19, 2008) by MCC Chris Hoffpauir.
    Douglas Brown

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