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Landing Craft Utility

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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
  • Assigned to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1), NAB Coronado, CA.
  • Current Disposition, active in service
    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-1666 225k LCU-1666 entering USS Denver (LPD-9), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1979
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LCU-1666 45k LCU-1666 landing vehicles at the concrete boat ramp at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The men were wearing utility greens which means the photo was taken circa late 1980's.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index
    LCU-1666 130k LCU-1666 beached, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index
    LCU-1666 48k LCU-1666 beached while landing vehicles, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Combat Index
    Tarawa 89k LCU-1666 underway at White Beach, Okinawa in April 1979. She has just departed the well deck of USS Tarawa (LHA-1) moored at the pier in the background./font> Ken Moss EN3 CTF-67 Staff
    Tarawa 762k USS Tarawa (LHA-1) conducting an amphibious landing, 12 February 2003, as Marines go ashore in Kuwait. LCU-1666 leaves the ship's well deck with equipment and Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) while a CH-53E "Super Stallion" helicopter heads to the beach.
    US Navy photo # 030212-N-1131G-021 Arabian Gulf (February 12, 2003) .
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1666 1044k A 5-ton truck roles off of LCU-1666 from the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa (LHA-1), 12 February 2003. The Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) will be used for future operations. The ARG uses LCU's and other conventional landing craft as well as helicopters to move Marine assault forces ashore. Tarawa is currently forward deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 030212-N-5319A-008 Kuwait (February 12, 2003) by PH1 Brien Aho.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1666 376k Sailors of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) train LCU 1666 for vehicle operations with Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1). Boxer recently returned from operations in Iraq supporting the rotation of forces and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
    US Navy photo # 040622-N-0009S-002 San Diego, Calif. (June 22, 2004) by PH2 Amanda J. Stuart.
    Robert M. Cieri
    309k Sailors from Assault Craft Unit 1 render honors after laying a wreath during a memorial service for Landing Craft Utility 1500 (LCU-1500). The wreath was ceremoniously laid into San Diego Bay in memory of the sailors who lost their lives aboard LCU-1500. LCU-1500 was hit by an enemy rocket during the Vietnam War, killing her 13-man crew, along with several nearby sailors on 27 February 1969 at Bridge Ramp in Da Nang, Vietnam.
    US Navy photo # 110527-N-NN178-071by SN Bradley Kozlowski now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
    Tommy Trampp/font>
    Denver 371k LCU-1666 enters the well deck of USS Denver (LPD-9). Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140205-N-IC565-071 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 5, 2014) by MC3 Bradley J. Gee.
    Robert M. Cieri
    LCU-1666 267k LCU 1666 exits the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD-9). Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility
    US Navy photo # 140223-N-IC565-127 OKINAWA, Japan (Feb. 23, 2014) by MC3 Bradley J. Gee.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Sacagawea 208k LCU-1666, assigned to Naval Beach Unit 7 and deployed with USS Denver (LPD-9), comes alongside USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2) to transfer cargo. Denver is assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 and is participating in Exercise Ssang Yong, an annual combined exercise conducted by Navy and Marine forces with the Republic of Korea.
    US Navy photo # 140402-N-NT265-282 EAST CHINA SEA (April 2, 2014) by MC3 Christian Senyk.
    Robert M. Cieri
    280k Sasebo, Japan, 25 January 2017. LCU-1666, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, approaches the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) during an ammunition onload. Green Bay is on a routine patrol, operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and be a ready response force for any type of contingency.
    U.S. Navy photo # 170125-N-JH293-072 by MC1 Chris Williamson
    John Spivey

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