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HM LCI(L)-132

LCI(L)-132 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)-132 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)-132, 29 January 1943
  • Lost while on lease to the Royal Navy in June 1944
    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(L)-278 1054k British LCI Flotilla loading troops of the Seaforth Highlanders, probably for the Sicily operation in July 1943. LCI(L)'s present include:
    HM LCI(L)-278
    HM LCI(L)-249
    HM LCI(L)-299 and
    HM LCI(L)-132
    Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    LCI(L)-544 259k HM LCI(L)-132 and HM LCI(L)-123 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
    LCI(L)-544 101k HM LCI(L)-132 and HM LCI(L)-123 and other LCI(L)'s of British Flotilla 9 landing troops in Sicily, 10 July 1943. Photo taken by Sgt Stubbs of No 2 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Photo No. NA 4275 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Part of War Office Second World War Official Collection Robert Hurst

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