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Landing Craft Utility

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon)

LCU-1646 Landing Craft Utility
  • Built in 1970, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • 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-1661 301k LCU-1661 off the coast of Beriut, Lebanon , circa 1983.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1661 57k LCU-1661 transporting Marines into USS Raleigh (LPD-1), date and location unknown. Photo by Antonio "Tony" Garcia LCU-1661
    LCU-1661 50k LCU-1661 crew member BMSN Polk backing a truck into the LCU1661, while BM2 Pickler, in the yellow vest in the background, assists in directing the loading of the LCU. The "61" was loading Marine vehicles in North Carolina for transportation to ships heading for the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm
    Photo by Antonio "Tony" Garcia LCU-1661
    LCU-1661 70k LCU-1661 entering the well-deck of Pensacola (LSD-37) at Dubai during Desert Strom. Photo by Antonio "Tony" Garcia LCU-1661
    LCU-1661 26k LCU-1661 beached on Masirah Islamd, off the coast of Oman while preparing for Desert Strom.> Photo by Antonio "Tony" Garcia LCU-1661
    LCU-1658 310k LCU-1661 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-021 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 12, 2008) by MC2 Amanda Clayton.
    Douglas Brown
    LCT-1656 457k LCU-1661, LCU-1656, and LCU-1658 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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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Navy Fact File - Landing Craft, Mechanized and Utility - LCM/LCU
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