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USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026)

International Radio Call Sign:
Alpha - Delta - Mike - Xray
Runnymede Class Landing Craft Utility:
  • Built in 1991-92 at Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered and Commissioned USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026), 6 February 1992
    Displacement 575 t.
    Length 174'
    Beam 42'
    Draft 9' light
    Light, 12kts per hr
    Loaded, 10 kts per hr
    Range 4,500 nm
    Two Warrant Officers
    Eleven Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 350 short tons
    Largest Boom Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    Fuel Consumption 26 gal. per hour
    two bow thrusters
    two turbo charged Cummins V16 KTA50-M 1250hp diesel engines
    two propeller shafts, 2,500 bhp

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    Matamoros A border town at the mouth of the Rio Grande. In the spring of 1846 General Zachary Taylor, while awaiting supplies and transportation, trained over 5,000 volunteer recruits to fight in the U.S.-Mexican War. Matamoros had become available to the Americans after Taylor's artillery devastated the Mexicans at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. He took the town as the Mexican forces fled the city in fear of another fierce attack by the general.
    Illustration from U.S. Army Campaigns of the Mexican War - The Occupation of Mexico May 18-46 - July 1848" page 21.
    Map - From U.S. Army Campaigns of the Mexican War - The Occupation of Mexico May 18-46 - July 1848" page 6-7.
    Tommy Trampp
    Matamoros 133k USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026) moored pierside at Morehead City, N.C., 2008.
    Photo by @copyDennis Szeba
    Matamoros 81k USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026) underway at Norfolk, VA., 23 November 2010.
    Photo by @copyGary L. Naigle
    General Frank S. Besson, Jr.
    175k US Army utility landing craft USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026) at left, and the US Army logistics support vessel USAV General Frank S. Besson, Jr. (LSV-1)> at right, pull into port at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (NAVSTA GTMO), 8 March 2010. Matamoros and General Frank S. Besson are at NAVSTA GTMO to support transportation of vehicles and equipment from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43). The vehicles and equipment on board Fort McHenry are being transported to the Windward Ferry Landing for an environmental wash down. The environmental wash down is a requirement for all materials which have been used overseas prior to re-entry into the United States. Fort McHenry, Matamoros and Frank.S. Besson have all been providing humanitarian relief support in Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. Note at center the United States Coast Guard Cutter USCG Dallas (WHEC-716).
    US Navy photo # 100308-N-OH262-039 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Mar. 8 2010) by MCC Bill Mesta.
    Robert Hurst
    Matamoros 86k USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026) moored pierside at Morehead City, N.C., 2013.
    Photo by @copySteven Collingwood
    86k Seabee divers assigned to Underwater Construction Team One (UCT ONE) and Underwater Construction Team Two (UCT TWO) conduct surface supplied diving operations during diver training aboard USAV Matamoros (LCU-2026) off NAS Key West, Fl., 14 January 2015. Diver training is a two-week, joint training evolution between UCT ONE and UCT TWO designed to reinforce standard operating procedures, qualify personnel, maintain proficiency, and evaluate dive protocol during scuba, surface supplied and recompression chamber operations.
    US Navy photo #'s 150113-N-YD328-013 Key West, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2015) by MC2 Nicholas Tenorio and
    150117-N-QA919-506 Key West, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2015) by MC3 Tyler N. Thompson
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