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Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1658


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Lima - Echo
NRLE
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal - Humanitarian Service (Cuban Resettlement 22 May -5 June 1980)

LCU-1646 Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1970, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 5 February 1971
  • Delivered and placed in service at Norfolk, VA., 30 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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    LCU-1658 49k LCU-1658 beached while landing a bus, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 36k LCU-1658 and LCU-1663 beached at a ramp, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 45k LCU-1658 underway, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 35k LCU-1658 alongside and unidentified ship, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 40k LCU-1658 beaching while off loading a tank, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 49k LCU-1658 beaching while off loading a tank, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 36k LCU-1658 underway with tanks aboard, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 38k LCU-1658 beached while unloading tanks, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 54k LCU-1658 approaching a beach to unload equipment and troops, date and location unknown. US Navy photo
    LCU-1658 273k LCU-1658 and LCU-1656, 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
    LCU-1658 310k LCU-1658 and LCU-1661, 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-021 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2008) by MC2 Amanda Clayton.
    Douglas Brown
    LCU-1658 282k LCU-1658 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) departs the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4), 18 September 2008. 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-055 GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 18 2008) by MC1 Mary Popejoy.
    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
    LCT-1658 404k LCU-1658 with bow ramp lowered and loaded with trucks in the well deck of an unidentified assault ship.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

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