India’s Yard 2094, a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) ship, for the Indian navy was launched by Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba at a ceremony at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata on Friday.
Yard 2094 is the third ship of the LCU Mk IV project, which is useful for transporting tanks, armoured vehicles and soldiers during amphibious operations.
Launching of Yard 2094, designed in-house and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy is yet another milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in sophisticated shipbuilding.
The ship, named as LCU L53, is the third vessel in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility Ships being built by GRSE for the Indian Navy.
The ship will be fitted with an advanced Integrated Platform Management System for remote control of propulsion, auxiliary and power generating equipment. Two CRN-91 indigenous 30 MM guns to provide fire support during operations will also be fitted onboard.
The ship can be deployed for maritime roles like maritime security, beaching/un-beaching, humanitarian relief operations and evacuation from distant islands, search and rescue operations and peace-keeping missions.
The first LCU was launched on March 12, and the second on September 23, last year.