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LCI(L)-973 / LSIL-973
AMCU-33 / MHC-33 Oriole

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LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large): Laid down 11 March 1944 at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange TX; Launched 5 April 1944; Commissioned USS LCI(L)-973, 30 May 1944; Decommissioned, March 1946 at Green Cove Springs FL.; Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet; Designation changed to Landing Ship Infantry (Large) LSIL, 28 February 1949; Authorized for conversion to a Coastal Minesweeper (Underwater Locator) in FY 1952; Contract for conversion placed, 7 March 1952 with Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC, conversion begun, 15 September 1953, and completed 16 March 1954; Commissioned USS Oriole (AMCU-33), 20 February 1954; Redesignated Coastal Minehunter (MHC-33), 7 February 1955; Decommissioned 7 July 1955; Struck from the Naval Register 1 January 1960; Final Disposition, sold 27 March 1961 to Ships and Power Inc., Miami FL.

Specifications: Displacement 385 t.(fl); Length 163' 4"; Beam 23' 3"; Draft 5' 8"; Speed 14.4kts; Complement 4 officer, 25 enlisted; Troop Capacity, 9 Officers, 200 Enlisted; Cargo Capacity, 75 tons; Armor, 10-lb. STS plating to splinter shields, pilothouse, and conning station; Endurance 8,000 miles at 12 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; Armament five single 20mm gun mounts; Fuel Capacity, 110 tons, lube oil 240 gal.; Propulsion, 8 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers.
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DANFS history entry located on the Hazegray & Underway web site.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
Naval Minewarfare Association
Association of Minemen

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