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USS LCI(G)-746
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USS LCI(L)-746 (1943 - 1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Mike - Romeo
NQMR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)



USS LCI(L)-746 was transferred to Argentina and named ARA BDI No.5 (Q-59)
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, 28 February 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 19 March 1944
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-746, 3 April 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-746, date unknown
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-746 / LCI(G)-746 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Consolidation and capture of the Southern Philippines;
    Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April 1945
    Leyte operation
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
     

  • Classification reverted to Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-746, 10 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register. date unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-746 / LCI(G)-746 earned three battle stars for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 18 February 1948 for disposal
  • Transferred to the government of Argentina, redesignated ARA BDI No.5 (Q-59) in 1948
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1961, 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
    LCI(L) Complement
    4 Officers
    24 Enlisted
    LCI(G) Complement
    5 Officers
    65 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
    LCI(G) Armament
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 20mm AA gun mounts
    six .50cal machine guns
    ten MK7 rocket launchers
    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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    LCI(L)-746 50k During the landing of Australians on Labuan Island, British North Borneo, 10 June 10, 1945, assault troops crowd the decks of USS LCI(L)-746 and an unidentified LCI(L) astern. At this time, this was the longest transportation of troops by Infantry Landing Craft yet carried out.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 018655
    Mike Green
    LCI(L)-746 49k LCI(G)-746 landing US Army troops, date and location unknown. Scott Deyen

    The history for USS LCI(L)-746 / LCI(G)-746 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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