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Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1657


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National Defense Service Medal

LCU-1646 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, 31 August 1970, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 7 January 1971
  • 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-1657 44k LCU-1657 beached while landing trucks, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 49k LCU-1657 beached while landing vehicles, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 53k LCU-1657 beached while landing troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 36k LCU-1657 beached while landing vehicles, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 42k LCU-1657 beached while landing vehicles, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 41k LCU-1657 beached while landing troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 62k LCU-1657 beached while landing Marines and their vehicles and equipment, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
     
    LCU-1657 82k LCU-1657 beached as NATO troops pull a U.S. Marine Corps jeep out of Saros Bay, Turkey while on joint maneuvers in 1977.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Nashville 504k The amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD-13) deploys LCU 1657 to perform an ammunition on load with the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71). Nashville is on a scheduled deployment as a part of the Nassau Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy Photo # 080314-N-0924R-032 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 14, 2008) by MCSN Cory Rose.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1657 495k LCU-1657 prepares to pull along side the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) to load ammunition. Ross is on a scheduled deployment as a part of the Nassau Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080314-N-0924R-060 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 14, 2008) by MCSN Cory Rose.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1657 633k The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) bring aboard ammunition from LCU-1657. Ross is on a scheduled deployment as a part of the Nassau Strike Group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080314-N-0924R-074 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 14, 2008) by MCSN Cory Rose.
    Robert M. Cieri

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    Fleet Reserve Association

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