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HMC LCI(L)-125
HM LCI(L)-125

LCI(L)-125 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in December 1942 at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched in January 1943
  • LCI(L)-125 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, 19 January 1943
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-125, 6 March 1944, manned by a Canadian crew with LT. Charles R. Parker RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-125 / HMC LCI(L)-125 served in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • HMC LCI(L)-125 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 264), and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Troops Embarked, Highland Light Infantry of Canada A Co. and 1st Platoon D Co.
    Damage Sustained in Landing, Holed by obstacles in the bow causing 15 list which had to be corrected by counter flooding of ballast tanks.

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy and returned to the Royal Navy, 4 August 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody 14 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 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-250 104k HMC LCI(L)-250, HMC LCI(L)-125 and HMC LCI(L)-306 embarking Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry in the United Kingdom for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches.
    (Note: Each of the Canadian LCI(L)s had a serial number board affixed to her conning tower. This was used as a system for the troops to identify the correct LCI(L) that they were assigned to during the boarding period.)
    Bill Marshall
    LCI-125 54k HMC LCI(L)-125 of the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 264) laden with Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada heading for the Normandy invasion beaches
    Photo from the Public Archives of Canada
    From an article by Ed Storey
    LCI-118 33k HMC LCI(L)-125 off the invasion beach at Normandy, D-Day, 6 June 1944.
    Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre image # CT309
    Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-125 67k HMC LCI(L)-125 beached at NAN White Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944 while landing the Highland Light Infantry of Canada troops. Ed Storey

    The history for HMC LCI(L)-125 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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