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USS LC(FF)-423
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USS LCI(L)-423 (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - India - Sierra
NKIS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal


LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 13 March 1943, at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched, 17 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-423, 11 June 1943, LTjg. J. D. Norvell USNR, in command
  • USS LCI(L)-423 was redesignated Landing Craft (Flotilla Flagship) LC(FF)-423, 31 December 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-423 / LC(FF)-423 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LCI(FF) Flotilla Twenty-Three, LCDR. R.H. Brazeal;
    LC(FF) Group Sixty-Seven;
    LC(FF) Division One Hundred Thirty-Three and participated in the following operation:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Minesweeping operations-Pacific
    Bungo-Suido (Honshu area), 22 September to 30 October 1945

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Sold, 13 November 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LC(FF)-423 earned one battle star for World War II service while conducting minesweeping operations
    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 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
    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)-423 122k USS LCI(L)-423 during experiments for suitability as a temporary fire-fighting ship.
    Photo source, Francisco NARA, Mare Island General Correspondence Files
    Tracy White
    LCI(L)-423 70k
    LCI(L)-423 112k
    LCI(L)-423 123k

    The history for LCI(L)-423 / LC(FF)-423 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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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    Last Updated 2 May 2014