Newport News -- No longer needed by the military, but far from unusable in the private sector, the U.S. Army is auctioning off a landing craft to the public -- starting bid is $25.
The Defense Department is auctioning a Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM-8) boat, used exclusively by the U.S. military.
The landing craft was used by amphibious forces to transport cargo, vehicles and troops from assault ships to the beach or pier.
The LCM-8 vessel, also known as a Mike Boat, is 74 feet long, 21 feet wide and capable of loading 80 tons—that’s one M60 tank. LCM-8s have been in service from 1959-present and were used by the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
This particular boat was driven into port and is currently floating in the water; while it can be used for its intended purpose, the vessel is without engines and will need be towed away via water.
Liquidity Services spokeswoman Melissa Gieringer said in a press release, "With a little TLC it would make a great cargo carrier, a dive boat, or even as a dinner cruiser."
Bidding for the boat opens Wednesday, July 30 at 12 a.m. and closes August 1 at 5 p.m.