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Two U.S. Navy landing craft up for auction; each seats 200, and a tank
upi ^ | June 19, 2013

Posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:27 AM PDT by JoeProBono

GREAT LAKES, Ill.- Two Vietnam-era vessels docked at the Naval Station Great Lakes north of Chicago, landing craft that can hold 200 people each, are for sale, the U.S. Navy said.

An auction of the two LCM-8s, capable of plowing through surf onto a beach, opening a ramp and unleashing an amphibious assault, began Tuesday and ends Thursday afternoon on the govliquidation.com website, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

Bids started at $25 but reached $13,300 and $15,500 by late Wednesday afternoon.

The landing craft, each 74 feet long, 21 feet wide and made of welded steel, can carry up to 200 people and one M60 tank, and might be appropriate for cruising Lake Michigan, involvement in Caribbean scuba tours or staging a D-Day invasion, the newspaper noted.

The auction is conducted by Government Liquidation, a private company thousands purchased thousands of unused and obsolete items from the Department of Defense weekly and routinely auctions them, company spokesman Melissa Gieringer said.

Customers can inspect the boats by appointment. Winning bidders have 10 days to remove their merchandise.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: landingcraft

The auction of the LCM-8s, also known as Mike Boats, began Tuesday morning and runs through 4 p.m. Thursday on govliquidation.com — search for “Illinois.” Bids started at $25, but had reached $6,000 and $6,150 by Tuesday afternoon. Chicago Tribune(HANDOUT / June 18, 2013)


1 posted on 06/20/2013 5:54:27 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

guess you don’t have to mix the gas with oil.

wonder how she trolls???


2 posted on 06/20/2013 5:58:58 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono
Pretty interesting site .. govliquidation.com

Thanx, Joe.

3 posted on 06/20/2013 6:00:50 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s the exact boat I’m using in the plot of my next novel.


4 posted on 06/20/2013 6:04:52 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: JoeProBono

20K, now


5 posted on 06/20/2013 6:09:00 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: knarf

Will look into that later. Love looking at surplus stuff.

I don’t want or need any kind of boat but would like to see it just to see it.


6 posted on 06/20/2013 6:09:53 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: JoeProBono

Who are likely buyers?
* DHS for assaults on urban areas. These would be a nice complement to their black helicopters and 2,000 MRAPs. Very handy platform for staging raids on Tea Partiers.
* IRS for raids on Tea Party groups petitioning for 403b status. Perhaps there’s a below-decks brig for interrogations.
* Residents of Islamberg in NY State.


7 posted on 06/20/2013 6:15:07 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Travis McGee

Sure could carry a lot of pot!


8 posted on 06/20/2013 6:18:44 AM PDT by Average Al ( Our founder fathers never knew we could fail due to a Techtatorship.)
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To: JoeProBono

When I win the lottery I’ll buy one. At one of the victory celebrations after WWII they had one I think at Grant Park along with a 1000 plane bomber flyby over Chicago.


9 posted on 06/20/2013 6:19:38 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: JoeProBono
Now that's what I call a bass boat.


10 posted on 06/20/2013 6:20:56 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: JoeProBono

Any cannon with that thing? Or even a couple of M2’s?


11 posted on 06/20/2013 6:24:12 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: Travis McGee


12 posted on 06/20/2013 6:27:30 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

“Mike Boats”

Must have transported the “Mike Forces” I’ve read about with the Montagnards.


13 posted on 06/20/2013 6:29:28 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Travis McGee

And now you can own one! :)


14 posted on 06/20/2013 6:30:02 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

No thanks. I’d rather own it in my imagination.


15 posted on 06/20/2013 6:45:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: JoeProBono

My Uncle was in the navy during ww2. He told me that after one of the island invasions (dont remember which) he and a couple of his 17 year old friends, took a damaged landing craft, that the ramp would not go up on. As long as you went backwards it would stay afloat. The rode it around the lagoon until it finally sank. Just for fun.


16 posted on 06/20/2013 6:51:17 AM PDT by Harry Pothead (Go Sarah! I still love her...)
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To: Travis McGee
I’d rather own it in my imagination.

Well... that does keep down the maintenance costs.

17 posted on 06/20/2013 7:02:13 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

Tell me about it. Rust never sleeps.


18 posted on 06/20/2013 7:08:00 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

They make great, albeit slow, dive boats.


19 posted on 06/20/2013 7:21:59 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: CodeToad

You could even put 4 Unimog troop trucks on them, and invade Morocco from the Canaries, in a private commando rescue mission. (In the novel I stopped working on.)


20 posted on 06/20/2013 7:25:55 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

They are kind of loud. I think all of Morocco would hear that thing coming. lol.


21 posted on 06/20/2013 7:35:36 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: headstamp 2

We had the use of an Army LCM “Mike” Boat in Key West for 2 months.

Great dive boat.


22 posted on 06/20/2013 8:58:50 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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