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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
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
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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||USS LCI(L)-715 crew photo, date and location unknown
||Boyd Stymiest USS LCI(L)-715
| RFS LSIL9030
||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.
||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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Last Updated 5 October 2012
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