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HM LCI(L)-108

LCI(L)-108 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II and in 1949 to France
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942, at Bethlehem Steel, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched in 1942
  • LCI(L)-108 never saw service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom, 10 December 1942, under terms of the Lend-Lease Act and commissioned that date as HM LCI(L)-108
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-108 participated in the Invasion of Normandy in June 1944
  • Transferred to France in May 1949, at Portsmouth, England
  • Commissioned into the French Navy as RFS LCI-108
  • Reconditioned at Bizerte, Tunisia before being assigned for service with French forces in Indo-China
  • Redesignated with NATO side number, L9043, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sunk in 1954
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    4 officers
    24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 officers
    182 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 75 tons
    Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
    Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    HM LCI-108
    LCI(L)-636/621 92k HM LCI(L)-108 in dry dock for repair, with a view of Sousse, Tunisia in the background. The floating dry dock was made in America. The parts were numbered and then assembled where wanted.
    Royal Navy Photo #A 18154, by LT C. H. Parnall, Royal Navy official photographer from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.
    Robert Hurst
    RFS LCI-108
    LCI(L)-636/621 59k RFS LCI(L)-108 moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Rozo.
    Georges Demichelis

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