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HM LCI(L)-186

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, (date and place unknown)
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned HM LCI(L)-186 and leased to the United Kingdom, 16 January 1943
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 24 September 1946
  • Struck From the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Maritime Commission, 18 February 1948, fate unknown
    Displacement 216 t.(light), 234 t.(landing), 389 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 3 officer, 21 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 four single 20mm guns one forward, one amidship, two aft, later added two .50 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers
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    LCI(L)-186 43k HM LCI(L)-186 lands troops of the British 1st Infantry Division on the beach at Punta della Croce in the western half of the harbor on Pantelleria, 11 May 1944. The landing met negligible opposition, the Italian island commander, Admiral Gino Pavesi, having decided to surrender three hours before the British troops landed. Pantelleria town can be seen in the background with Monte Sant Elmo in the far distance. Ed Storey
    LCI(L)-501 53k HM LCI(L)-501, HM LCI(L)-186 and HM LCI(L)-509 at Punta Delgado in the Azores while on route to being returned to the US, circa July 1946 unknown. Ron Hyde
    LCI(L)-501 59k HM LCI(L)-505, HM LCI(L)-186 and HM LCI(L)-501 at Punta Delgado in the Azores while on route to being returned to the US, circa July 1946 unknown. Ron Hyde

    The history for LCI(L)-186 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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