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USS LCI(L)-715 (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Golf - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS LSIL-715 was transferred to France redesignated RFS LSIL9030
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1944, at George Lawley & Sons, Neponset, MA.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-715, 30 October 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-715 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date unknown, and laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified Landing Ship Infantry Large LSIL-715, 28 February 1949
  • Transferred under terms of the Mutual Defense Assistance Program to France for use in French Indo-China, 8 January 1951, redesignated RFS LSIL9030
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, RFS LSIL9030 struck a mine at Son Thai-Binh, 5 January 1954, condemned by the French Navy
    Displacement 236 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
    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 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    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
    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)-715 109k USS LCI(L)-715 crew photo, date and location unknown Boyd Stymiest USS LCI(L)-715
    RFS LSIL9030
    LCI(L)-715 421k Ex-USS LSIL-715 in the Republic of France naval service as RFS LSIL9030 beached on a riverbank in North Vietnam, circa 1953. Photo by Claude Picard, submitted by Georges Demichelis.
    LCI(L)-715 383k Only the bottom of RFS L9030 is visible after being sunk by a mine at Son Thai-Binh on 5 January 1954. Photo was taken from RFS LSIL9029 in May 1954. Photo by Georges Demichelis RFS LSIL9029.

    The history for USS LCI(L)-715 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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