Landing Craft Tank (LCT) Wreck – Subic Bay, Philippines

This is a lovely wreck in Subic Bay, perfect of novice divers and wreck enthusiasts.  Locally known as the “LCU” (Landing Craft Utility) it was incorrectly identified at some point in the past – but the name endures, despite the correct designation being Landing Craft Tank (LCT).

The video was taken by Mathew Payne, during recent visit to Subic Bay…  as you can see, the myths about bad visibility may be put to rest. 🙂

The Landing Craft, Tank (or Tank Landing Craft) was an amphibious assault ship for the combat beach-landing of tanks.

They were initially designed and built by the British Royal Navy and later by the United States Navy during World War II.  Initially known as the “Tank Landing Craft” (TLC) by the British,but became better known by the American designation of  “Landing Craft Tank” (LCT). These vessels were retained and improved long after WWII, with later versions seeing combat service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Displacement:284 short tons (258 t)
Length:119 ft 1 in (36.30 m)
Beam:32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
Draft:3 ft 4 in (1.02 m) (forward)
Propulsion:3 × 225 hp (168 kW) Gray marine diesels, 3 shafts
Speed:knots (13 km/h; 8.1 mph)
Range:700 nmi (1,300 km) at 7 kn (13 km/h)
Capacity:150 short tons (136 t) of cargo
Armament:2 × single 20 mm AA gun mounts
Up to 4 × single 50 cal. machine guns
Armor:Wheelhouse : 20 lb
Gun shields : 10 lb

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