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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 Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

    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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