Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Navy's second Landing Craft Utility ship commissioned at Port Blair

NetIndian News Network

Port Blair, August 22, 2017

Andaman and Nicobar Islands Lieutenant Governor Jagdish Mukhi commissioned into the Indian Navy its second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class ship here yesterday.
IN LCU L52(GRSE Yard 2093) has been indigenously designed and built by  Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. 
"The commissioning of L-52 is yet another manifestation of the potential of the country’s indigenous design and ship building capability," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
According to it, LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with the primary role to transport and deploy Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multi-role activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
The ship, commanded by Commander Kaushik Chatterjee, has a complement of five officers and 46 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. The ship, displacing 830 tons, is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72 and other vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
The remaining six ships of the same class are in advanced stages of construction at GRSE and are scheduled to be inducted in the next two years, the release added.