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Royal Navy History Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LSE-2, 2 August 1943 Converted to an LSE at Norfolk, VA., in September 1943 Departed Norfolk, bound for Oran, December 1943, in convoy carrying US troops Sailed to Algiers and Bougie, then Malta Departed Malta in February 1944, arrived at Portland, March 1944 Anchored off Normandy approx. D+5, repairing small naval vessels until end of July Back to Portsmouth then Larne, Northern Ireland Took part in the invasion of southern France Visited Toulon and Marseilles, Ajaccio, Naples, Taranto, Palermo, Malta, Aden, Cochin, Bombay and Madras. Transported doctors and nurses from Colombo to Sumatra Steamed to Batavia, Java, then Singapore at Christmas 1945 Ship returned to US Naval custody and paid off, 21 May 1946
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|105k||Ex-ARL-6 in Royal Naval service as HM LSE-2 moored at Baltimore, MD., 25 September 1943, after completion of conversion. Note the British 12 Pdr (3") gun on a raised platform at the stern and the absence of 40mm quad mounts on this ship. Like the U.S. ships, they also originally had eight 20mm mounts. The British ships lacked the "A" frame hoist fitted to the U.S. ships, but this photograph suggests and others confirm that the bow doors were operational, rather then being welded shut as in the U.S. units of this class.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-57203, RG-19 LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
ARA Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22)
|17k||ExARL-6 in Argentine service as ARA Ingeniero Gadda (Q-22), moored outboard pierside, date and location unknown.||Armada Argentina web site|
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