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ex-Killdeer (AMCU 27)

Call sign:
November - Xray - Kilo - Hotel

AMCU-7 Class Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator):

  • Laid down 22 September 1944 by the New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, NJ
  • Launched 19 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS LSI(L)-883, 26 October 1944
  • Decommissioned in March 1946
  • Named Killdeer 7 March 1952 and reclassified a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator), AMCU-27
  • Conversion to AMCU-27 canceled in July 1954 and reclassified back to LSI(L)-883
  • Sunk as a target in 1960.

    LCI Specifications:

  • Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 t.(loaded)
  • Length 158' 5"
  • Beam 23' 3"
  • Draft Light 3' 1" mean, Landing 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft, Landing, 5' 4"forward, 5' 11" aft
  • Speed 16 kts. (max.), 14 kts. maximum continuous
  • Complement two officer, 21 enlisted; Troop Capacity, six Officers, 182 Enlisted
  • 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 kts. and 110 tons 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 200bhp General Motors 6-71 diesel engines, 4 per shaft, two variable pitch propellers.
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    Killdeer 92k

    Killdeer - A ringed plover; a North American shore and field bird (Charadius vociferus)

    Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT T. P. McGueress, USNRMay 1945
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:

    LSIL-883 (q.v.) was commissioned 26 October 1944 and decommissioned in March 1946. On 7 March 1952, while out of commission in reserve, she was named Killdeer and reclassified AMCU-27. In July 1954 she was again reclassified LSIL-883.

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