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HM LCI(L)-251

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
    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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    HM LCI(L)-251
    LCI(L)-251 365k 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.
    Dave Kerr
    RFS L9047
    LCI(L)-251 35k 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)
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