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HM LCI(L)-133



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 USS LCI(L)-133, and leased to the United Kingdom 1 February 1943
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-133 participated in the Invasion of Southern France
  • Returned to US Naval custody and struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1947
  • Final Disposition, delivered to her purchaser, 29 October 1947, 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(L)-316 1145k US troops come ashore from HM LCI(L)-133 and HM LCI(L)-316, 15 August 1944, during the invasion of southern France.
    US National Archives photo # III-SC 19290 a US Army Signal Corps. photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr

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