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HMC LCI(L)-117
HM LCI(L)-117

LCI(L)-117 was transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, in 1942, location unknown
  • Launched, in December 1942
  • LCI(L)-117 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned HM LCI(L)-117, 5 January 1943
  • Transferred to the Canadian Navy, 4 December 1943, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-117, LT. Richard L. Gordon RCNVR (Temp.) in command.
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-117 / HMC LCI(L)-117 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater. HMC LCI(L)-117 came under the command of the 1st Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy LCI Flotilla 260), and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Sicilian occupation , 9 to 15 July Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 31 August 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody 13 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 12 February 1948, fate unknown
    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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    LCI(L)-131 103k British soldiers embarking aboard an unidentified landing craft at Tripoli for the invasion of Sicily, 3 July 1943. Note HM LCI(L)-117 and other landing craft beached alongside. Photo taken by Lt. Chetwyn, of No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Photo No. 4065. From the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Part of War Office Second World War Official Collection. Robert Hurst

    The history for HMC LCI(L)-117 was extracted from
    The RCN's Part in the Invasion of France
    , a Royal Canadian Navy History document.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The Nauticapedia - The Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Present Off the Normandy Beaches on June 6/7/1944 (The D-Day Landings)
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    Last Updated 31 October 2014