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HM LCI(L)-123


LCI(L)-123 was transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down circa December 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Hingham, MA.
  • Launched and delivered in January 1943
  • LCI(L)-123 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Turned over to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Program
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-123, 16 January 1943
  • Returned to US Naval custody, and struck from the Naval Register, 25 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold by the State Department, 13 February 1948, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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 3 officer, 21 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 four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-544 2321k HM LCI(L)-123 and HM LCI(L)-132 and other LCI(L)'s of British Flotilla 9 landing troops in Sicily, 10 July 1943. The British, along with the U.S. LCI Flotillas 1, 2, and 4, helped land 160,000 troops of the British 8th and American 7th Armies.
    Photo from USS LCI National Association's 2009 calendar, a US Navy photo from the US National Archives, courtesy Dennis Blocker.
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for HM LCI(L)-123 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 13 February 2009