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Landing Craft Utility
LCU-1644


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LCU-1610 Landing Craft Utility
  • Built between 1970 and 1971 at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Delivered and placed in service, date unknown
  • Placed in service with Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2), NAB Little Creek, VA.
  • Status, active
    Specifications
    Displacement 180 t.(lt), 360 t.(fl)
    Length 119' (o.a.)
    Beam 34'
    Draft 6'
    Design Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 14
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    one single 20mm AA gun mount
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
    Propulsion
    three Grey Marine Diesel engines
    three propellers, 675bhp per shaft

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    LCU-1644 115k An Egyptian T-55 tank comes ashore from the utility landing craft LCU-1644, 8 August 1985, at Alexandria, Egypt during an amphibious assault in support of the multinational joint service Exercise Operation Bright Star.
    DOD photo # DF-ST-86-08086 by Capt. Mark Beberwyck
    Defense Imagery
    LCU-1644 194k A modified Egyptian T-55 tank after landing from LCU-1644 during Operation Bright Star. A second unmodified T-55 is visible on the landing craft, Alexandria, Egypt, 8 August 1985.
    US National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives Identifier (NAID) 6401164, a US Air Force photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 149k An Egyptian T-55 tank comes ashore from LCU-1644 during an amphibious assault in support of the multinational joint service Exercise Bright Star at Alexandria, Egypt, 8 August 1985.
    Defenseimagery photo by Sgt. Maj. C. B. Simmons.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 181k An Egyptian OT-62B armored personnel carrier comes ashore from LCU-1644 during an amphibious assault in support of the multinational joint service Exercise Bright Star, Alexandria, Egypt, 8 August 1985.
    Defenseimagery photo DF-ST-86-08084 a US Navy photo by PH3 Fox now in the collections of Defenseimagery.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 122k The bow ramp of utility craft LCU-1644 from the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4) descends as troops and vehicles prepare to hit the beach during training Exercise Sea Soldier III in support of Operation Desert Shield. (At Ras-Madrakah, Oman 1990).
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    LCU-1644 99k LCU-1644 during amphibious exercises at Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA. USS Stump (DD-978) is anchored off shore in the background. June 1994. Ocean Park Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Virginia Beach, VA.
    LCU-1644
    060123-N-4326E-001
    173k LCU-1644 assigned to Beach Master Unit Two (BMU-2) prepares to enter the amphibious transport dock ship USS Shreveport (LPD-12) off the coast of North Carolina, 23 October 2006. LCU-1644 is transporting a Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) aboard Shreveport. The Sailors and embarked Marines are conducting a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), designed to prepare the crew for their upcoming deployment.
    US Navy photo # 061023-N-4236E-001 North Carolina (October 23, 2006) and
    US Navy photo # 061023-N-4236E-002 North Carolina (October 23, 2006), by MCSR Chad R. Erdmann.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    060123-N-4326E-002
    242k
    LCU-1644
    060526-N-3286A-027
    316k Dutch personnel board LCU-1644 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) to perform exercises for the Joint Caribbean Lion 2006. Bataan is a participant in the Dutch led exercise, which includes other worldwide forces including: France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and Venezuela. Note the artwork on the port side wall of LCU-1644s' well deck.
    US Navy photo # 060526-N-3286A-027 Caribbean Sea (May 26, 2006) and
    US Navy photo # 060526-N-3286A-011 Caribbean Sea (May 26, 2006), by JO2 Brian D. Anderson.
    Tracy White
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    060526-N-3286A-011
    134k
    LCU-1644 256k LCU-1644, left and LCU-1663, right assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), rehearse storming the beach in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, 6 June 2006. ACU-2 is embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5), underway joining military forces from France, Spain, United Kingdom and Venezuela in the Dutch led Joint-Caribe Lion, 2006 (J-CL06) exercise. In the distance is the Royal Netherlands Landing Platform Ship HNLMS Rotterdam (L800).
    US Navy photo # 060606-N-8154G-115 by PH3 Jeremy L. Grisham.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 1018164424 229k LCU-1644 and LCU-1653 with USS Whidbey Island carry Marines and vehicles with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, ashore at Onslow Beach during a motorized raid aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 6, 2011. The raid was a ship-to-shore exercise, which used different assets from the MEU including helicopters and landing craft units. The Marines and sailors of the 22nd MEU are currently deployed with Amphibious Squadron 6 aboard the USS Bataan (LHD-5) Amphibious Ready Group and will continue to train and test the MEUís ability to operate as a cohesive and effective Marine Air Ground Task Force. The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission capable force comprised of Aviation Combat Element, Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 263 (VMM-263) (Reinforced); Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; and its Command Element.
    US Marine Corps photo # 110406-M-EK802-019 CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (Apr. 6, 2011 by Cpl. Dwight A. Henderson.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 122k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), makes her approach to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) during an amphibious training exercise, in the Mediterranean Sea, 7 May 2011. Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110507-N-QP268-079 Mediterranean Sea (May 7 2011) by MC1 Martin Cuaron.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    1018164425
    110k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), makes her approach to the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde(LPD-19) during amphibious proficiency training, in the Mediterranean Sea, 7 May 2011. Mesa Verde is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110507-N-7508R-028 Mediterranean Sea (May 7 2011) by MC1 Martin Cuaron.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 209k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), exits the well deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) during amphibious proficiency training, Mediterranean Sea, 7 May 2011. Bataan is the command ship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110507-N-7508R-021 Mediterranean Sea (May 7 2011) by MC1 Martin Cuaron.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 197k LCU-1644 operates near the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in the Atlantic Ocean, 23 June 2011. Whidbey Island is participating with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group in the Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2011 off the coast of Spain.
    US Navy photo # 110623-N-EC658-031 Atlantic Ocean (June 23, 2011) by MC2 Julio Rivera.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    110623-N-OS574-032
    187k Sailors aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) prepares to load passengers and equipment on LCU-1644. Mesa Verde is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group participating in the Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise 2011 off the coast of Spain.
    US Navy photo #'s 110623-N-OS574-032. Atlantic Ocean (June 23, 2011) and 110623-N-OS574-032. Atlantic Ocean (June 23, 2011) by MC2 Josue L. Escobosa.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    110623-N-OS574-040
    181k
    LCU-1644 91k LCU-1644 returns to the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), 23 June 2011. The Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, participating in the Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) off the coast of Spain.
    US Navy photo by MC3 Desiree D. Green.
    United States European Command
    LCU-1644 117k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), embarked aboard the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), lands on a beach in Spain during an amphibious assault as part of the bilateral Spanish Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), 28 June 2011.
    US Navy photo # 110628-N-KA046-014 SIERRA DEL RETIN, SpIN (June 26, 2011), by MC3 James Turner
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    111012-N-KA046-236
    120k Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) wait for LCU-1644 to take them back to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), Gulf of Aden, 12 October 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111012-N-KA046-236 Gulf of Aden (Oct. 12 2011), by MC3 James Turner
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    111114-N-KA046-056
    152k Sailors and Marines disembark from LCU-1644 assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), Gulf of Aden, 14 November 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111114-N-KA046-056 Gulf of Aden (Nov. 14 2011), by MC3 James Turner
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 148k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), departs the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), in the Gulf of Aden, 20 September 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110920-N-GH121-058 GULF OF ADEN (Sept. 20, 2011) by MC1 Rachael L. Leslie.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    111114-N-KA046-057
    111k OS3 Caleb Olsen takes sounding measurements on a lighter amphibious re-supply cargo vehicle (LARC) while LCU-1644 assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), stands by, Arabian Gulf, 14 November 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111114-N-KA046-057 Arabian Gulf (Nov. 14 2011), by MC3 James Turner
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644 88k A Humvee launches from LCU-1644, assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in the Arabian Gulf, 14 November 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111114-N-KA046-134 ARABIAN GULF (Nov. 14, 2011) by MC3 James Turner.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    1018164427
    83k BM3 Alfred Martinez stands by as LCU-1644 assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), repositions for off load across the beach in the Arabian Gulf, 14 November 2011.
    US Navy photo # 111114-N-KA046-266 ARABIAN Gulf (Nov. 14 2011 by MC3 James Turner.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    1018164428
    86k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), launches from the well deck of the the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in the Arabian Gulf, 21 November 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111121-N-KA046-154 ARABIAN Gulf (Nov. 21 2011 by MC3 James Turner.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1644
    1018164426
    136k LCU-1644, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU-2), enters the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) in the Arabian Gulf, 7 December 2011. Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 111207-N-KA046-035 ARABIAN Gulf (Dec. 7, 2011) by MC3 James Turner.
    Robert Hurst

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