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HMC LCI(L)-118
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HM LCI(L)-118



LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942 at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched in December 1942
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned HM LCI(L)-118, 4 January 1943
  • Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-118, 29 January 1944, LT. Charles R. Bond RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-118 / HMC LCI(L)-118, 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262), served in the European-Africa Middle East Theater participating in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Damage Sustained in Landing, Damaged by the mine set off by HMCS LCI(L)-250; port ramp had to be jettisoned after being rammed by LCI(L)-250; kedge had to be cut after being fouled by HMCS LCI(L)-252; starboard screw sheered off by mine while unbeaching and three holes pushed through the ship's bottom, two of them into engine room

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 28 August 1944, returned to Royal Navy custody
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    Speed
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    Complement
    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
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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-118 97k HMC LCI(L)-118 of the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy 262 LCI Flotilla) disembarking the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, 9 May 1944, on a beach in Britain.
    Credit: Gilbert A. Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-131497, Photographer: Gilbert Alexander Milne
    Capt. Gordon G. Armstrong RCN Ret. and Glenn Warner
    LCI-276 88k HMC LCI(L)-276, HMC LCI(L)-118 and HMC LCI(L)-135 at Southampton, England, loaded with Canadian troops waiting to cross the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches. All of these landing craft were in 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy 262 LCI Flotilla) They were loaded on 4 June 1944, delayed sailing and sailed around noon 5 June 1944. The serial numbers on the front of the bridge refer serials Operation Order No1 of 9th Canadian Brigade 3rd Canadian Division. Serial numbers 1702 and 1703 carried members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. 1705 was a mixed loading carrying members of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Stormont Dundas Glengarrian Highlanders, the Defence and Employment Platoon of 9 Brigade Headquarters and members of the Canadian Provost Corp. Flotilla 262 was in 'J' Force. Ed Storey
    LCI-118 54k HMC LCI(L)-118 underway while carrying the troops of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders towards the invasion beaches at Normandy. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LCI-118 47k HMC LCI(L)-118 underway while carrying the troops of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders towards the invasion beaches at Normandy. Bill Brinkley and the USS LSM-LSMR Association
    LCI-118 74k HMC LCI(L)-118 underway while carrying the troops of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders towards the invasion beaches at Normandy. Ed Storey

    The history for LCI(L)-118 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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