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USS LCS(L)(3)-2 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Oscar - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS LSSL-2 was transferred France, named RFS Arbalete (L9021), and later to South Vietnam, renamed RVNS No Than (HQ-225)
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down 10 May 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched 10 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-2, 19 July 1944, LT. J. B. Whitmore, in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-2 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Five, CAPT. J. M. Mc Isaac USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Fifteen, LCDR. H. Heine, USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Twenty-Nine and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-2 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September to 20 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-2, 28 February 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-2 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to France 15 August 1950, redesignated RFS LSSL-1
  • Named RFS Arbalete (L-9021), date unknown
  • Transferred to South Vietnam 12 October 1954, renamed RVNS No Than (HQ-225)
  • Taken out of South Vietnamese naval service in 1956
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1957
    Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
    Length 158' o.a.
    Beam 23' 8"
    5' 8" limiting and max draft
    loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
    14.4 trial
    16.5k max at 650 shaft rpm
    14.5kts at 585 shaft rpm
    Armor 10-lb STS splinter shield to gun mounts, pilot house and conning tower
    8 Officers
    70 Enlisted
    Endurance 5,500 miles at 12kts at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
    635 Bbls Diesel (76 tons)
    10 tons fresh water
    6 tons lubrication oil
    8 tons provisions and stores at full load
    Fresh Water Capacity distill up to 1,000 gals. per day
    bow gun, one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50 cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    2 quad packs of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines per shaft, BHP 1,600
    single General Motors Main Reduction Gears
    2 Diesel-drive 60Kw 450V. A. C. Ships Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers

    Specifications Sources:
    Baker, A.D. III. Allied Landing Craft of World War II. Annapolis: United States Naval Institute Press, 1989. 47
    Lawley, George & Sons Corporation. Instructions for LCS(L)(3) Class
    Lawley, George & Sons Corporation. Original Plans of LCS(L)(3)

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    USS LCS(L)(3)-2
    LCS(L) (3)-2 64k USS LCS(L)(3)-2 under way, circa 1945
    National Archives photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-2 67k USS LCS(L)(3)-2 under way, date and location unknown. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-13 145k LCS(L)(3)s laid up in reserve at Astoria, OR. summer 1946, include from left to right:
    USS LCI(L)(3)-116,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-16,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-54,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-13,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-9,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-2,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-90,
    USS LCI(L)(3)-53,
    Brayton Harris
    LCS(L) (3)-1 79k Artist's conception of USS LCS(L)(3)-2 as she appeared during World War II by the well known graphic illustrator John Barrett. His company, Navy Yard Associates offers, in addition to prints of LCS(L)s, many other navy types including most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your biography, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource. Navy Yard Associates
    RFS Arbalete (L9021)
    LCS(L) (3)-2 473k Ex-USS LSSL-2 in French naval service as RFS Arbalete (L9021) moored at Saigon, French-Indochina along with RFS Arquebuse (L9022) (ex-USS LSSL-4) and RFS Hallebarde (L9023) (ex-USS LSSL-9), 17 November 1950. France leased six LSSLs from the US Navy. After refitting in Seattle they sailed to Saigon, via San Francisco, arriving 26 August, departing 31 August 1950, Pearl Harbor, arriving 26 September, departing 10 October, Kwajalein, arriving 19 October, departing 23 October, Hollandia, 30 October to 3 November, Sandakan, arriving 10 November, departing 3 November, Saigon, arriving 17 November. Thierry Coisne in memory of his father Léon Coisne
    LCS(L) (3)-2 80k RFS Arbalete (L9021) and RFS Arquebuse (L9022) moored at Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 1953.
    Photo courtesy Claude Coutil, QM gunner RFS Arquebuse
    André Pilon

    There is no history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-2 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Whitmore, J. B.19 July 1944 - ?

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Other Crew Contact and Reunion Information
    National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130, Inc.
    Dennis Steenbergen, Secretary
    7345 W. Lakeside Drive, Littleton, CO, 80125
    Phone 303-470-1187
    E-mail Dennis Steenbergen
    Additional Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130

    Additional Resources
    Rielly, Robin L. Mighty Midgets at War: The Saga of the LCS(L) Ships from Iwo Jima to Vietnam. Central Point, Oregon: Hellgate Press, 2000. (ISBN 1-55571-522-2)
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