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Landing Craft Utility

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LCU-1646 Landing Craft Utility
  • Built in 1970, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, 28 July 1971
  • Status, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2)
    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-1660 64k LCU-1660 alongside a Newport Class LST, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1660 39k LCU-1660 off-loading a tank, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1660 317k LCU-1660 beached while off loading a tank during Exercise Ocean Venture '84, which is a multi-service operational exercise held in April 1984.
    USAF Photo by Tech Sgt Ken Hammond, USAF
    Carter Hall 94k LCU-1660 and USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), in port, Rijeka, Croatia, 7 August 2001. Photo by Frank Egger
    Carter Hall 983k USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) with LCU-1660 alongside, and USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) operate off the coast of Haiti while participating in Operation Unified Response, providing military support capabilities to civil authorities to help stabilize and improve the situation in Haiti in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the area Jan. 12.
    US Navy photo # 100122-N-5345W-104 BAIE DE GRAND GOAVE, Haiti (Jan. 22, 2010) by MC2 Kristopher Wilson.
    Lee Wahler
    LCU-1660 887k Marines assigned to Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SC-MAGTF) disembark from LCU-1660, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2) during an offload of US Spanish, Portuguese and British Marines and Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB-7). The Marines and Seabees will work with the Senegalese army as part of Africa Partnership Station West, an international initiative developed by US Naval Forces Europe and US Naval Forces Africa to work with US and international partners to improve maritime safety and security on the African continent.
    US Navy photo # 100406-N-7948C-337 GUEREO, Senegal (April 6, 2010) by MC1 Martine Cuaron
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1660 330k LCU 1660 enters the well deck during a Marine offload aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). Gunston Hall Sailors and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) Marines are underway conducting routine qualifications.
    US Navy photo # 131207-N-XJ695-313 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 8, 2013) by MCSN Jesse A. Hyatt)
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1660 241k LCU 1660 leaves the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44).
    US Navy photo # 140209-N-XJ695-057 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 9, 2014) MCSN Jesse A. Hyatt)
    Robert M. Cieri

    There is no DANFS history available for LCU-1660 at NavSource
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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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