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HM LCI(L)-251 was transferred to France and redesignated RFS L9047
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in 1942, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched in November 1942
Delivered in November 1942
LCI(L)-251 never saw active service with the US Navy
Turned over to the United Kingdom and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-251, 24 December 1942
Returned to US Navy custody in January 1948
Struck from the US Naval Register in 1948
Transferred by the State Department to the Republic of France in 1948
Commissioned into the French Navy as RFS L9047
Struck from the French Naval Register in 1956
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1956 at Saigon
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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||In a dress rehearsal for Operation Dragoon US infantrymen board HM LCI(L)-251 and USS LCI(L)-40 and other LCIs at Pozzuoli, Italy, 6 August 1944.
US Army Signal Corps photo # SC192679 by Stubenrauch, 163rd Signal Photo Co., now in the collections of the US National Archives, NARA, College Park,MD.
||RFS L9047 underway, date and location unknown. RFS L9047 served during the French-Indochina War on the rivers in North Vietnam.
||Photo by Paul Camasses, submitted by Georges Demichelis.
The history for LCI(L)-251 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
Last Updated 22 August 2014
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