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USS LCS(L)(3)-81 (1944 - 1949)

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-81 was transferred to Ryukyuan Coast Guard, Japan, and later to Taiwan named RCS Lien Chih (LSSL-274)

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 23 October 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 12 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-81, 24 November 1944, LT C. C. Lockwood USN in command
  • During World War II, USS LCI(L)(3)-81 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Four, CDR. N. Phillips USN (24);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Twelve, LCDR. B. D. Voegelin USNR;
    LCS(L)(3) Division Twenty-One and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-81 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 15 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Redesignated Landing Ship Support Large USS LSSL-81, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred to Ryukyuan Coast Guard, 1 February 1952
  • Transferred to Taiwan, 19 February 1954, named Lien Chih (LSSL-274)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS LCS(L)(3)-81 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, struck by Taiwanese Navy 1971, 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)-81
    LCS(L)-93/95/67/89/81 87k USS LCS(L)(3)-93,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-95,
    USS LCS(L)(3)-67,
    LCS(L)(3)-89, and
    USS LCS(L)(3)-81 moored pierside at Yokosuka, Japan, circa late-1945.
    National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130, courtesy Allen R Selfridge
    LCS(L)-81 55k USS LCS(L)(3)-81 at anchor in Tokyo Bay, 11 November 1945 National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130, courtesy Rober Blyth
    RCS Lien Chih (LSSL-274)
    LCS(L)-81 40k ex LCS(L)(3)-81, seen here in Taiwanese service as Lien Chih (LSSL-274) Chinese Warship Museum

    The History of LCS(L)(3)-81 provided by the National Association of USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lockwood, C. C., USN24 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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