Moss Point Marine Lays Keel For First Of Two Navy Landing Craft

Moss Point Marine, Inc., Escatawpa, Miss., has laid the keel for the first of two 135-foot landing craft being built for the U.S. Navy.

The recent keel-laying ceremonies were highlighted by speeches from Rep. Trent Lott of Mississippi's Fifth Congressional District and Capt. George Dowell, the Navy's Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. Also attending the ceremonies was John Dane III, president of Moss Point Marine, Inc.

The $8.6-million contract calls for completion of the first landing craft utility (LCU-1680) by the first quarter of 1987, with the second following two months later.

Moss Point Marine is also currently building 26 lighter barges for the Navy, 13 of which have already been delivered.

Each of the all-steel, twin-screw landing craft will be capable of carrying a cargo of three M-48 tanks and other vehicles or artillery and their associated personnel over a hinged bow ramp directly onto the beach. After a beach landing or loading, the boats will be able to retract from the beach under their own power.

Each LCU will be 134 feet 9 inches in length, with a 29-foot beam, and a molded depth (to the top of bulwark) of 12 feet 6 inches.

Displacement at full load is 404 tons. The boats' two Detroit Diesel Allison 12V71TI diesel engines will develop a total of 850 shp and drive the vessels at 11 knots.

Accommodations for a crew of two officers and 12 enlisted men will be provided.

For further information on the services and facilities offered by Moss Point Marine, Circle 31 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  May 1986

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