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HMC LCI(L)-166
HM LCI(L)-166

LCI(L)-166 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 1942, location unknown
  • Launched, 1942
  • LCI(L)-166 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, commissioned HM LCI(L)-166, 9 November 1942
  • Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-166, 4 December 1943, LT. George M. Oliver RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HMC LCI(L)-166 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater, 1st Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy LCI Flotilla 260) and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 31 August 1944
  • Returned to Royal Navy custody, recommissioned HM LCI(L)-166, date unknown
  • 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(L)-166 274k HMC LCI(L)-166 underway in an English harbor prior to the Normandy invasion, circa May 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI-166 94k HMC LCI(L)-166 at sea in the English Channel during pre-D-Day training. CAPT. Gordon G. Armstrong RCN Ret.
    LCI(L)-166 1238k HMC LCI(L)-166 at anchor with other amphibious forces prior off the coast of Normandy invasion, June 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI(L)-166 65k Men of the RAF Regiment and RAF ground crew come ashore from HM LCI(L)-166 at Elephant Point, one of the beachheads established near Rangoon, Burma, in 1945 during Operation Dracula.
    Photo taken by unknown Royal Air Force official photographer.
    Photo No. CI 1324 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Part of the Air Ministry Second World War Official Collection.
    Robert Hurst

    The history for LCI(L)-166 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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