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This Landing Craft Utility is an amphibious vehicle used for on and offloading cargo and passengers and dropping them at the beach.
|Name Dive Site:||LCU, Landing Craft Utility|
|Depth: ||10-20m (32-65ft)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||visit_subic_bay|
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The LCU or Landing Craft Utility situated in Triboa Bay close to the end of the runway. She lies on the edge of a reef with its starboard side deeper at depth between 10-21 meters (35-75 feet) and visibility from 10-16 meters (30-50 feet). This is a great dive for the underwater photographer and used by some dive centers for wreck training.
The Landing Craft Utility was a very versatile amphibious craft in the early years of WWII. Operated from tenders or cargo ships the LCU would be put into the water and loaded out of range of any shore defenses. It would then deliver its cargo of men and equipment onto the beach. However during WWII, the LCU did not really exist, it was a term that was applied to a number of different types of amphibious crafts. A specific LCU did not appear until after WWII. The wreck in Triboa bay seems to be a LCT(6). The Landing Craft Tank was used to land troops and equipment on shore. The LCT was often carried fully loaded on the main deck of a Landing Ship Tank (LST). While the LST approached a landing site, the LCT could be off loaded providing a more rapid deployment of assets. After the war the department of navy did develop a LCU class of craft and many of the LCT were designated to LCU's.
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