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Chewink (MHC 19)
ex-Chewink (AMCU 19)

Call sign:
November - Papa - Zulu - India

AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):

  • The second Chewink was laid down 17 June 1944 by George Lawley and Son, Neponset, MA
  • Launched 24 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-701, 30 June 1944 under the command of LTJG Howard O. Cheney, Jr., USNR
  • Decommissioned 17 July 1946
  • Reclassified as a Landing Ship Infantry (Large), LSI(L)-701, 28 February 1949
  • Named Chewink and reclassified as a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-19, 7 March 1952
  • Conversion to AMCU-19 began 21 September 1953 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA
  • Conversion completed 2 April 1954
  • Reclassified as a Coastal Minehunter, MHC-19, 7 February 1955
  • Removed from service 1 January 1960
  • Chewink was never recommissioned
  • Acquired in 1961 by R. Lyle Golding of Garden Grove, CA and renamed Kyle Anne
  • Acquired in 1963 by Geomarine Service, Inc. of Dallas, TX
  • Operated in 1969 under the Bahrainian flag
  • Fate unknown.

    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 knots
  • Armament: Four 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Eight 800bhp General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, four per shaft, two shafts, variable pitch propellers.
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    USS LCI(L)-701
    Chewink 364k Off San Francisco, CA with the Golden Gate Bridge behind her Robert Morrssey
    Chewink 367k LCI(L)-701 Action Report dated 5 March 1945
    Chewink 52k Namesake: Chewink - The common towhee finch of eastern North America Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 9 March 2020

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