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HM LCI(L)-388


LCI(L)-388 was leased to the United Kingdom
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in October 1943 at George Lawley & Sons Shipbuilding Corp., Neponset, MA.
  • Launched in October 1943
  • Leased to the United Kingdom, 29 November 1943
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-388
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-388 participated in the Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944 as a unit of 266 Flotilla, landing elements of the Royal Ulster Rifles, in Queen area of Sword beach. Information supplied by LT. Harry Willis (via Syd Berrett)
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 27 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposal, sold 8 February 1947, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 246 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 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
    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 kts; and 110 tons of fuel
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    The history for LCI(L)-388 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
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