USS Mallard (AMCU-30)
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas|
|Laid down:||25 February 1944|
|Launched:||20 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||16 May 1944, as USS LCI(L)-963|
|Recommissioned:||June 1952, as USS Mallard (AMCU-30)|
|Reclassified:||LSIL-962, 28 February 1949
AMCU-30, 7 March 1952
MHC-30, 1 February 1955
|Struck:||1 January 1960|
|4 battle stars (World War II)|
|Fate:||Sold, 30 June 1960|
|Class & type:||LCI(L)-351-class large landing craft|
|Displacement:||246 long tons (250 t) light
264 long tons (268 t) landing
419 long tons (426 t) loaded
|Length:||158 ft 6 in (48.31 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft 3 in (7.09 m)|
|Draft:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Propulsion:||8 × GM diesel engines (4 per shaft), 1,600 bhp (1,193 kW)
2 × variable pitch propellers
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph) maximum
14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) maximum continuous
|Troops:||6 officers, 182 enlisted|
|Complement:||4 officers, 24 enlisted|
|Armament:||5 × single 20 mm AA guns (2 forward, 1 amidships, 2 aft)|
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
After shakedown in the Gulf of Mexico, the new large infantry landing craft headed for the Pacific via the Panama Canal. Following amphibious training, LCI(L)-963 reached the war zone in time to help return General Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines with the landings on Leyte on 20 October 1944. She next participated in the Ormoc Bay landings on 7 December, and the invasion of Mindoro a week later. On the last day of January 1945, she lifted units of the 11th Airborne Division to the Batangas Province, Luzon. There the objective was Nasugbu, terminus of a road network radiating from Manila. In February, she assisted in the liberation of Palawan, whence she proceeded back across the Sulu Sea to fight in the Visayans.
LCI(L)-963 remained in the South Pacific until Japan capitulated. She then returned home, decommissioning and entering the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida, in 1946. While berthed in Florida, late in 1948, or early 1949, she was redesignated and named USS Mallard (AMCU-30).
Reactivated at Charleston, South Carolina, during the Korean War in June 1952, Mallard operated on the United States East Coast as an underwater mine detector until after the s:Korean Armistice Agreement was signed in July 1953.
Decommissioning again in July 1954, she again entered the Reserve Fleet, where, as before, she was reclassified, now to MHC-30. Struck from the Navy List on 1 January 1960, Mallard was sold to Randolph Mattson on 30 June 1960.
- Photo gallery of USS Mallard (LCI(L)-963/LSIL-963 - AMCU-30/MHC-30) at NavSource Naval History