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LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in December1942 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
Launched December 1942
Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, 7 January 1943, commissioned HM LCI(L)-263
Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-263, 29 January 1944, LT. John B. B. Shaw RCNVR (Temp.) in command, 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262)
During World War II HM-LCI(L)-263 / HMC LCI(L)-263 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|HM LCI(L)-263 Campaign and Dates
||HMC LCI(L)-263 Campaign and Dates
|Sicilian occupation, 10 July 1943
||Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 2 September 1944 and returned to the Royal Navy
Returned to US Naval custody, 14 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
Transferred to the State Department for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Transferred to the France Marine, 19 April 1946, for service in Indochina, redesignated RFS L9049, LT. de Vaisseau Lefebure in command
Final Disposition, sunk by a mine in 1953
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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| HM LCI(L)-263
HM LCI(L)-177) and
HM LCI(L)-263 disembarking infantrymen of the Scottish 51st Highland Division, during Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, 10 July, 1943.
| HMC LCI(L)-263
||HMC LCI(L)-263 beached at Normandy, date unknown.
| RFS L9049
||RFS L9049 moored to the bank of the Red River in Indochina, date and location unknown.
||Georges Demichelis, courtesy Jean Pierre Mir L9049 survivor
The history for LCI(L)-263 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)
Last Updated 17 October 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|