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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
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
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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|| 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.
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)
Last Updated 31 October 2014
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