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HMC LCI(L)-381
HM LCI(H)-381

LCI(L)-381 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1943 at George Lawley & Sons Shipbuilding Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched in 1943
  • LCI(L)-381 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Leased under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-381, 1 November 1943
  • Converted to a Landing Craft Headquarters in early 1944, redesignated HM LCH-381
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 14 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposal, sold 13 February 1948, fate unknown
    Displacement 246 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(L) Troop Capacity
    6 Officers
    182 Enlisted
    LCI(L) 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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    LCI(L) Armament
    five single 20mm gun mounts, 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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    LCI(L)-381 46k HM LCI(L)-381 underway as part of Flotilla 265 from Norfolk, VA. to the UK in December 1943. The Flotilla consisted of
    HM LCI(L)381,
    HM LCI(L)382
    HM LCI(L)383
    HM LCI(L)384
    HM LCI(L)385 and
    HM LCI(L)386
    At SWORD beach on D'Day the Flotilla had changed to;
    HM LCI(L)374
    HM LCI(L)-381
    HM LCI(L)382
    HM LCI(L)383
    HM LCI(L)385
    HM LCI(L)386
    HM LCI(L)389 and
    HM LCI(L)390
    HM LCI(L)-384 having left to join Flotilla 266
    Syd Barrett HM LCI(L)-386
    LCI(L)-98 89k HM LCH-381 alongside a jetty with the damaged USS LST-501 astern, location unknown. Royal Navy image # FL 7016 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Robert Hurst

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