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USS LCS(L)(3)-9 (1944 - 1949)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal

USS LCS(L)(3)-9 was transferred to France, named RFS Hallebarde (L9023), later to Japanese Self-defense Force, renamed JSD Asagao, later South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Doan Ngoc Tang (HQ-228), and finally to the Philippines, renamed RPS La Union (LF-50)

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 7 July 1944, at George Lawley & Sons Corp., Neponset, MA.; Launched, 17 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-9, 6 September 1944, LT. D. R. Ellis USNR in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-9 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla One, CAPT. R.E.Arison USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Group One, LCDR W. I. Hunt, USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and Capture of Southern Philippines, 4 February to 23 May 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, Astoria, OR.
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-9, 28 February 1949
  • Reactivated and Transferred (loaned) to France 15 August 1950, redesignated RFS LSSL-3
  • Named RFS Hallebarde (L-9023), date unknown
  • Returned to US custody in 1955
  • Transferred to Japan, 7 May 1956, renamed JSD Asagao
  • Transferred to South Vietnam, 15 September 1956, renamed Doan Ngoc Tang (HQ-228)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-9 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Escaped Vietnam in 1975 to the Philippines
  • Custody assumed by the Philippines Government in 1975, renamed RPS La Union (LF-50) used for spare parts
  • Final Disposition, deleted by Philippine Navy circa 1980s, fate unknown
    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
    6 Officers
    65 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)-9
    LCS(L) (3)-9 79k Artist's conception of USS LCS(L)(3)-9 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
    LCS(L) (3)-9 69k USS LCS(L)(3)-9 crew photo, date and location unknown. National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-9 113k USS LCS(L)(3)-9 crew photo, probably in the fall of1945. 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
    RFS Hallebarde (L9023)
    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
    RVNS Doan Nqoc Tang (HQ-228)
    LCS(L) (3)-9 123k Ships' plaque for South Vietnamese navy LSSL RVSN Doan Ngoc Tang (HQ-228) [ex-USS LCS(L)(3)-9) Tommy Trampp
    LCS(L) (3)-9 108k RVSN Doan Ngoc Tang (HQ-228) under way, circa 1971, location unknown.
    Official South Vietnamese navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    LCS(L) (3)-9 72k RVSN Doan Ngoc Tang (HQ-228) underway, date and location unknown. Lawrence C. Brooks, II
    LCS(L) (3)-9 71k RVNS Doan Ngoc Tang (HQ-228) at US Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippines, carrying refugees after the fall of South Vietnamese government, 5 May 1975.
    US National Archives photo
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130

    History of LCS(L)(3)-9 as provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ellis, D. R., USNR16 September 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
    Task Group 70.4 Summary Report
    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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