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LCU (Landing Craft, Utility) 1466, 1610 & 2000 classes
Model featured: LCU-1610
- circa 1999 -

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Relative sizes of LCU classes

LCU-1466
(H)




LCU-1610
(H)


 


LCU-2000
(X)

LCU-1466 Class (not shown)
Note: Custom model as per your hull number

Scale 1:96 / 15"
Price: $1599

1/3 deposit $533

Scale 1:80 / 18"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:60 / 24"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

We'll contact you for details after you order

Prices include free world-wide shipping

LCU-1610 Class, custom model (shown)
Note: Antenna and radar mast fold down

Scale 1:96 / 17"
Price: $1599

1/3 deposit $533

Scale 1:80 / 20"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:60 / 27"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

We'll contact you for preferences after you order.

Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

LCU-2000 Class (not shown)
Note: Custom model as per your hull number

Scale 1:96 / 22"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:80 / 26"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

Scale 1:60 / 35"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

We'll contact you after ordering.

LCU-1466 Class
Constructed during the early 1950s,  these craft are enlarged versions of the WWII LCT Mk-5s and have better crew accommodations. Initially designated Landing Ships, Utility (LSU), they were redesignated Landing Craft, Utility  (LCU) in 1952 and  classified as service craft. The mission of the LCU is to land and/or retrieve personnel and equipment during amphibious operations. Scheduled to perform after the initial assault waves of an amphibious operation, the LCU has the capability of sustained sea operations for approximately seven days. Each LCU has its own galley and berthing spaces.

LCU-1610 Class
(includes 1610, 1627 & 1646 sub classes)
Built in the 1970s, the craft are 135 feet long and can hold 11 crew members. Although the Navy now has the newer LCAC, the LCUs can carry much heavier loads - 180 tons of equipment (can be three M-60 tanks or 450 combat equipped Marines). However, the LCU requires a 9 foot draft beneath its keel to operate safely, making it less versatile than the LCAC hovercraft. LCUs contain extensive living compartments to operate independently of the amphibious ships from which they disembark.

LCU-2000 Class
Currently the fleet of these 174-foot long craft is still being added to. With a cargo capacity of 350 tons and a deck area of 2500 sq ft, they have room for five M1 Main Battle Tanks or thirty 20' containers or twelve 40' containers.

Equipped with the latest navigation, communications and electronic equipment including an automatic pilot and steering system, they can sustain a crew of 13 personnel for up to 18 days. Estimated useful life is 25 years.

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Comparison of Mark 5 LCT and various LCU craft
  Mark 5 LCT LCU-1466 LCU-1600 Class LCU-2000 Class
Length 114 ft 2 in 119 ft 134 ft 11 in 174 ft
Beam 32 ft 8 in 34 ft 29 ft 42 ft
Displacement (short tons) 286 tons full load 360 tons full load 468 tons full load 1300 tons full load
Draught forward 3 ft (landing) 3 ft (landing) 4 ft (landing) 4 ft (landing)
Draught aft 4 ft (landing)   7 ft 9 ft
Load (short tons) 150 tons (landing) 180 tons (landing) 220 tons (landing) 420 tons (landing)
Engine Make Gray Marine Gray Marine Detroit 12V-71 Cummings KTA-50 V-16
Horsepower (total) 675 675 680 2500
# of engines and type 3 diesels 3 diesels 2 diesels, Kortz nozzles 2 diesels
# of props 3 3 3 2
Speed 7 knots 10 knots 12 knots light, 11 loaded 12 knots light, 10 loaded
Range 700 miles 900 miles 1,100 miles, 11 kts loaded 6,500 miles, 10 kts loaded
Crew 13 14 11 18
Armament (varied) 2-20mm AA or 2-50 cal. 2- 20mm AA 2- 12.7mm  
# built 500     34 w/Army, 47 funded

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