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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
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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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.)
||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
||HMC LCI(L)-125 off the invasion beach at Normandy, D-Day, 6 June 1944.
Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre image # CT309
||HMC LCI(L)-125 beached at NAN White Beach, Normandy, 6 June 1944 while landing the Highland Light Infantry of Canada troops.
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)
Last Updated 17 October 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|