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USS LCI(G)-961
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USS LCI(L)-961 (1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Victor - Tango
NYVT
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, 23 February 1944, at Consolidated Steel Corp, Shipbuilding Div., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 20 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-961, 12 April 1944
  • Reclassified Landing Craft Infantry (Gunboat) LCI(G)-961 in 1944
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-961 / LCI(G)-961 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Date
    Western New Guinea operations
    Cape Sansapor operation, 21 July and 1 August 1944
  • Classification reverted to Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L)-961, 10 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 October 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-961 / LCI(G)-961 earned one battle star for World War II service.
    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 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
    LCI(G) Armament two 40mm guns, four 20mm guns, six .50cal machine guns, ten MK7 rocket launchers
    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)-961 249k USS LCI(G)-961 unloading troops Cape Sansapor, late July early-August 1944.
    U.S. Navy Photo 127-9
    Tom Kermen

    The history for USS LCI(L)-961 / USS LCI(G)-961 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 7 January 2012