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HM LCI(L)-291



LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943, location unknown
  • Launched in 1943
  • Leased to the United Kingdom and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-291, 30 March 1943
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 27 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold 18 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)-126 1343k British LCI Flotilla at Sousse, Tunisia loading troops, probably for the Sicily occupation in July 1943. LCI(L)'s present include:
    HM LCI(L)-126
    HM LCI(L)-307
    HM LCI(L)-318
    HM LCI(L)-187
    HM LCI(L)-299 and
    HM LCI(L)-291
    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
    LCI(L)-120 1357k British LCI Flotilla at Messina, Sicily loading troops of the Northants Regiment to cross the Straits of Messina and land near the tip of Reggio, Calabria, Italy on 3 September 1943. LCI(L)'s present include:
    HM LCI(L)-120
    HM LCI(L)-244
    HM LCI(L)-286
    HM LCI(L)-291
    HM LCI(L)-300
    HM LCI(L)-317
    HM LCI(L)-172
    HM LCI(L)-136
    HM LCI(L)-169
    HM LCI(L)-241
    HM LCI(L)-292 and
    HM LCI(L)-271
    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
    LCI(L)-169 1331k
    LCI(L)-271 1610k

    The history for LCI(L)-291 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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