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USS LCS(L)(3)-96 (1945 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LSSL-96 was transferred Japan, and later to South Vietnam and finally to the Republic of the Philippines

LCS(L)(3)-1 Class Landing Craft Support (Large)(Mark3):
  • Laid down, 18 December 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland OR.
  • Launched, 6 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS LCS(L)(3)-96, 24 January 1945
  • During World War II USS LCS(L)(3)-96 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCS(L)(3) Flotilla Five, CAPT. J. M. Mc Isaac USN (23);
    LCS(L)(3) Group Thirteen, LCDR. R. L. Jackson USN;
    LCS(L)(3) Div Twenty-Five
  • Following World War II USS LCS(L)-96 was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    10 September to 19 November 194520 November 1945 to 8 April 1946
    10 to 15 April 1946 

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Redesignated and Landing Ship Support Large, USS LSSL-96, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred to Japan, 30 June 1953, named JDS Shobu
  • Returned to US custody, 28 April 1965, and transferred to South Vietnam, renamed RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230)
  • With the fall of government of South Vietnam, Nguyen Ngoc Long escaped to the Philippines in 1975
  • Custody transferred to the Republic of the Philippines, renamed RPS Sulu (LF-49)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, non-operational as of 1983, fate unknown
    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.

    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)-96
    LCS(L)(3)-96 30k USS LCS(L)(3)-96 at Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China, 12 February 1946, photo by unknown Chinese photographer Melissa Turner
    courtesy her grandfather, Norman D. Hinkle, crew member WWII
    RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230)
    LCS(L)(3)-96 60k Ex USS LSSL-96 at anchor, date and location unknown while in South Vietnamese service RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230)  
    LCS(L)(3)-96 126k RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230), moored pierside at Dong Tam, South Vietnam, 21 May 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    LCS(L)(3)-96 131k RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230) underway in Vietnamese waters. Photo taken from USCGC Blackhaw (WAGL-390), 17 February 1971.
    US Coast Guard photo # 021771-28, Blackhaw file, USCG Historian's Office.
    Robert Hurst
    LCS(L)(3)-96 44k RVNS Nguyen Ngoc Long (HQ-230) moored outboard of RVNS Nguyen Duc Bong (HQ-231) [ex-USS LSSL-129] which is outboard of an unidentified ex-US LSSL, date and location unknown. The bow of USS Gray (DE-1054) is also visible in the photo. Tommy Trampp

    There is no DANFS History available for USS LCS(L)(3)-96 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
    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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