GRSE Launches Fourth Landing Craft Utility For Indian Navy

  • Our Bureau
  • 04:19 PM, March 24, 2015
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The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd. (GRSE) built fourth Landing Craft Utility (LCU) for the Indian Navy was launched on Monday in Kolkata.

Two indigenous CRN-91 30 mm guns will also be fitted onboard as it is necessary for fire support during operations, the Indian MoD announced in its press release on Monday.

The indigenous LCU has the capability of carrying Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), apart from other equipment and troops and designed for multi-purpose amphibious operations for the Indian Navy and the Army.

The LCUs will be fitted with an advanced integrated platform management system for remote control of propulsion, auxiliary and power generating equipment.

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.

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral R.K. Pattanaik said on the occasion that Navy will host the international fleet review in Vishakhapatnam in February 2016 with warships from more than 30 countries expected to take part.

"The talks are on, we are expecting participation from at least 30 navies from across the world during the presidential review of the naval fleets," said Pattanaik, who also hailed the GRSE for playing a big role in India's quest for self-reliance in sophisticated shipbuilding.

The navy had entered an agreement with GRSE for eight LCUs in 2011. The first vessel of the series was launched in March last year and is expected to be commissioned early 2016.


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