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Avocet (MHC 16)
ex-Avocet (AMCU 16)
ex-LCI(L)-653



Call sign:
November - Papa - Papa - Oscar

LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large)/AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):

  • The second Avocet was laid down 14 June 1944 as LCI(L)-653 by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, NJ
  • Launched 14 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-653, 21 July 1944
  • Decommissioned 6 June 1946 and placed in reserve
  • Named Avocet and reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-16, 7 March 1952
  • Recommissioned 9 December 1953
  • Reclassfied as a Coastal Minehunter, MHC-16, 7 February 1955
  • Decommisioned 20 May 1955 at Stockton, CA
  • Approved for disposal 21 December 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960
  • Acquired by Ron Sumptad of Bethel, AK, renamed Husky II and served as a pilot boat on the Kuskakwim River, Alaska from 1962 - 1986, then as a fish processing tender from 1986 - 2001
  • Scrapped at Homer, Alaska in 2010.

    LCI Specifications

  • Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 t.(loaded)
  • Length 158' 5½"
  • Beam 23' 3"
  • Draft, Light 3'1½" mean, Landing, 2' 8" forward, 41'10" aft, Landing, 5'4" forward, 5'11" aft
  • Speed 16 kts. (max.), 14 kts. maximum continuous
  • Complement 23
  • Troop Capacity 188
  • Cargo Capacity 75 t.
  • Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
  • Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts. loaded, 500 miles at 15 kt. and 110 t. of fuel
  • Armament: Four 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Fuel Capacity 130 t., lube oil 200 gal.
  • Propulsion: Two sets of four General Motors diesel engines, 4 per shaft, 1,600 bhp, twin variable pitch propellers.

    MHC Specifications

  • Displacement 387 t.
  • Length 159'
  • Draft 5' 8"
  • Speed 14.4 kts.
  • Complement 40
  • Armament Five 20mm mounts.
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    LCI(L)-702 48k LCI(L)-702 and LCI(L)-653 moored pierside, date and place unknown. Donna Miller in honor of her father, Orvis L. Smith, S1/c,
    USS LCI(L)-702

    View the Avocet (MHC 16) DANFS History
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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