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HM LCI(L)-289



LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, date unknown, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • LCI(L)-289 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Leased under terms of the Lend-lease Act to the United Kingdom
  • Commissioned HM LCI(L)-289, 19 March 1943
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 9 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold 10 December 1947, fate unknown
    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)-289 136k HM LCI(L)-289 beached on the German held island of Brac, off the coast of Yugoslavia, 5 June 1944, to recover a joint raiding force of Royal Marine Commandos and Jugoslav Partisans. Four LCI's had landed the raiders shortly after midnight on 2 June 1944 to harass the garrison. The operation proved to be a useful distraction which caused the Germans to divert some of their mainland forces in the Balkans just prior to D-Day at Normandy. Photo by Telegraphist George Greaves, from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 1998, courtesy Duncan Francey, Inverness, Scotland, honorary member of the LCI National Association Ardie Hunt

    The history for LCI(L)-289 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

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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