The LCU 6 type hull lends itself particularly well to conversion into a harbor defense vessel. The conversion may be made for a cost of approximately 175,000. The vessel has a design capability of laying one nautical mile of a completed cable system per day. The vessel can be successfully utilized as a mine planter. The vessel has a maximum cable storage capacity of 80 tons, and can handle sea units up to 5 tons in weight. Fifteen people are required to operate the vessel and her specialized equipment. Dockside and sea trials have verified design operational requirements. Approximately 1,000,000 feet of submarine cable has been handled by the vessel during the first eight months of operation following her conversion, without a single failure of her cable machinery. The conversion has resulted in a self-supporting unit capable of independent submarine-cable-laying and maintenance operations in addition to a wide variety of other tasks requiring specialized equipment. Additional deck space may be created by splicing in part of a hull section from another similar LCU. The lengthening of the hull will make little or no difference in performance of the vessel. The vessel may be readily transported to any desired forward area or advanced base, by loading her into the dock-well of a Landing Ship Dock LSD.
Annual Wire and Cable Symposium (5th) at Asbury Park, N. J., 4-6 Dec 56.