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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 left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
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
During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-2 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
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
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)
Transferred to Taiwan in 1957 for spare parts
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping
USS LCS(L)(3)-2 earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 250 t (lt), 387 t (fl)
Length 158' 6" o.a.
Beam 23' 3"
Draft loaded, 4' 9" fwd, 6' 6" aft
Speed 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
Complement 6 Officers, 65 Enlisted
Propulsion 8 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
Endurance 5,500 miles at 12kts at 45" pitch (350 tons dspl.)
Fuel/Stores 76 tons fuel oil, 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
Armament bow gun, one single 3"/50 gun mount, additional guns 2 twin 40mms 4 single 20mms, 4 .50 cal MGs, ten MK7 rocket launchers.
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 underway, circa 1945
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||USS LCS(L)(3)-2 underway, date and location unknown.
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||LCS(L)(3)s laid up in reserve at Astoria, OR. summer 1946, include from left to right:
| RFS Arbalete (L9021)
||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
||RFS Arbalete (L9021) and RFS Arquebuse (L9022) moored at Pnomh Penh, Cambodia in 1953.
Photo courtesy Claude Coutil, QM gunner RFS Arquebuse
There is no DANFS history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-2 at NavSource
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
E-mail Dennis Steenbergen
Additional Web Sites of Interest
National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
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)
Last Updated 10 December 2010
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