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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 1942-43 at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Corp., Hingham, MA.
Launched in 1943
LCI(L)-135 never saw active service in the US Navy
Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned HM LCI(L)-135, 4 February 1943
Transferred to th Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-135, 29 January 1944, LT. John D. Kell RCNVR (Temp.) in command
During World War II HMC LCI(L)-135 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262) in the European-Africa Middle East Theater participating in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Troops Embarked North Nova Scotia Highlanders of Canada
Damage Sustained in Landing, Four holes through the bottom from obstacles and port propeller damaged
Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 2 September 1944 and returned to Royal Navy custody
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)-276, HMC LCI(L)-118 and HMC LCI(L)-135 at Southampton, England, loaded with Canadian troops waiting to cross the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches. All of these landing craft were in assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262). They were loaded on 4 June 1944, delayed sailing and sailed around noon 5 June 1944. The serial numbers on the front of the bridge refer serials Operation Order No1 of 9th Canadian Brigade 3rd Canadian Division. Serial numbers 1702 and 1703 carried members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. 1705 was a mixed loading carrying members of the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, Stormont Dundas Glengarrian Highlanders, the Defence and Employment Platoon of 9 Brigade Headquarters and members of the Canadian Provost Corp. Flotilla 262 was in 'J' Force.
||HMC LCI(L)-135, HMC LCI(L)-270 and HMC LCI(L)-262 loading Canadian troops in Great Britain for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches
Photo from H.M.C.S. One photographer's impressions of the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II.
||HMC LCI(L)-135 underway, date and place unknown.
||HMC LCI(L)-135.HMC LCI(L)-270 and an unidentified Canadian LCI(L) about to land Canadian troops from 9 Brigade,
3rd Canadian Division on Nan White Beach west of Bernieres, Normandy, 6 June 1944.
The history for LCI(L)-135 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
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