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USS LCS(L)(3)-80 (1944 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LSSL-80 was loaned to France, renamed RFS La Rapière (LSSL-6), returned and loaned to Japan, renamed JDS Nadeshiko
LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 14 October 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 7 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-80, 21 November 1944, LT. J. C. Lynch USN in command
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-80 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla One, CAPT. R.E.Arison USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Group Two, LT. M. C. Fitzgerald, USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Four and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation and Capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings, 10 May 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-80, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred on loan to France, 15 August 1950, named RFS La Rapière (LSSL-6)
  • NATO redesignated (L9026)
  • Returned to US custody in 1955
  • Transferred on loan to Japan, 7 May 1956, renamed JDS Nadeshiko
  • Returned to US custody in 1963
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-80 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, 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
    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:
    Ships' Data U.S. Naval Vessels, Navships 250-012, April 15 1945
    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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    Size Image Description Contributed
    USS LCS(L) (3)-80
    LCS(L) (3)-80 32k USS LCS(L)(3)-80 under way, date and location unknown. Contributed by George S Deitz to the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    LCS(L) (3)-80 21k USS LCS(L)(3)-80 under way, date and location unknown. Contributed by George S Deitz to the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    RFS Rapiere (LSSL-6)
    LCS(L) (3)-80 71k Ex-LSSL)-80 in Republic of France service as RFS La Rapière (LSSL-6) underway, probably on the Red River, North Vietnam, during French Indo-China War, circa 1953. André Pilon for Robert Rot, QM signalman RFS La Rapière
    LCS(L) (3)-80 490k Starboard bow view of radio controlled 1/35 scale model, of RFS La Rapière (LSSL-6). Built by Alain Chauvin RFS La Rapière Georges Demichelis
    LCS(L) (3)-80 555k Starboard broadside view of radio controlled 1/35 scale model of RFS La Rapière (LSSL-6). Built by Alain Chauvin RFS La Rapière Georges Demichelis

    There is no history available for USS LCS(L)(3)-80 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lynch, J. C., USN21 November 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    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
    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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