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LCU-1646 Landing Craft Utility
  • Built in 1971, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered, date unknown
  • Placed in service with Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2), NAB Little Creek, VA.
  • Status, active
    Displacement 200 t.(lt), 375 t.(fl)
    Length 134' 9"
    Beam 29'
    Draft 6' 1"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 14
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    two M60 machine guns
    one M203 grenade launcher
    twelve M16 rifles
    two 9mm pistols
    Load 170 tons
    Military Lift three M1A1 tanks, 10 LAVs or 400+ troops, 125 tons of cargo.
    Radar Navigation: LN 66 or SPS-53; I band.
    two Detroit 12V-71 Diesel engines
    twin shafts, 680shp sustained, Kort nozzles
    Fuel Capacity 3220 gals.
    Range 1,200nm at eight knots

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    LCU-1664 38k LCU-1664 beached, circa 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photos
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1664 42k
    LCU-1664 1091k LCU-1664 and LCU-1663 and a LCM-6 moored forward of USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) at Genoa, Italy, 5 March 1977. Photo by Carlo Martinelli.
    LCU-1664 1160k
    LCT-1664 454k LCU-1664 underway carrying a pair of self-propelled howitzers during a May 1987 exercise. Note that her radar mast has been folded down so that she can fit into a covered well.
    US Navy photo text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1664 1565k LCU-1664 assigned to Assault Craft Unit Two (ACU-2) off loads equipment and personnel during exercise Image Nautilus. Sailors from ACU-2 are currently conducting training with the U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC). Navy and Marine Corps units are on scheduled deployments in the area conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 021108-N-4374S-039 Djibouti, Africa November 8, 2002 by PH2 Michael Sandberg.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Nassau 390k LCU-1664 approaches the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA-4), 10 November 2002. Nassau's embarked units are providing support and training for exercise “Image Nautilus” with the east African nation of Djibouti.
    U.S. Navy photo # 021110-N-9977R-002 Off the coast of Djibouti, Africa November 10, 2002 PH1 Anibal Rivera.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1664 60k LCU-1664 beached while off-loading a truck, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1664 101k LCU-1664 (front) and LCU-1662 (rear) loading troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1664 108k LCU-1664 loading troops, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1664 57k LCU-1664 underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index web site
    LCU-1664 101k LCU-1664 and LCU-1656 and a light-armored vehicle (LAV) come ashore as three landing craft, air cushion vehicles approach and an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter flies by during Exercise Bright Star 12 October 2009. The LCAC, LAV and Cobra are assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) and is part of an 11-country coalition participating in the biannual event spearheaded by Egypt and the U.S. Central Command.
    US Army photo # 091012-A-4887F-163 by Spc. Lindsey M. Frazier from the United States Navy News Stand.
    Robert Hurst
    LCU-1664 158k LCU-1664 approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) during a September 2015 exercise
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp

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