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USS LCI(L)-216


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Sierra - Sierra
NBSS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LCI(L)-216 was transferred to the United Kingdom and later to France
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942, location unknown
  • Launched in 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-216, 7 November 1942, LT. J.D. Parker Jr., in command
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-216 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 27 March to 9 July 1943
    West Cost of Italy operations-1944
    Anzio Nettuno advanced landings, 22, 24, and 29 January 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 9 July to 15 July, 28 July to 17 August 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, leased to the United Kingdom and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-216, 1 November 1944
  • Returned to US Naval custody in January 1948
  • Leased to France, 26 January 1948
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 21 March 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 21 March 1949, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-216 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    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)-216 483k USS LCI(L)-216 at New Haven, England, date unknown. 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

    The history for LCI(L)-216 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Official Report of the - Mining of LCI(L)-237
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 30 March 2012