The Third of Class of Eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU) ships, named “L-53” built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was commissioned by Vice Admiral B.K.Verma, AVSM, ADC, Flag Officer Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command at Port Blair today, 25 Apr 2018. Rear Admiral Vipin Kumar Saxena (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and other senior officials of the Indian Navy were present during the ceremony.
The LCU Mark IV ship is designed for multipurpose amphibious operations jointly carried out by Indian Navy & Indian Army for ensuring maritime security of Andaman & Nicobar Islands in Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea. The ship is designed to transport by sea and beach at far away islands to deploy Army Tanks & Troops.
Substantial improvements and changes to improve the ergonomics, habitability and layout of critical compartments have been implemented on this third ship L-53. This ship also has the honour of having successfully completed her weapon & sensor trials prior delivery. Normally this activity is undertaken after the ship is delivered to the Navy.
The ship is equipped with a Bow Ramp to enable Loading/Unloading of combat equipment and vehicles on beaching. The ship is designed with ballasting and de-ballasting arrangements to achieve desired trim for smooth Beaching Operations. Two Guns are also installed to provide Artillery fire support during LandingOperations.
GRSE is building 08 ships under the LCU Project and the third ship has been commissioned today. The entire design of these LCU Mark-IV ships has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by the Indian Navy. The ship is designed with twin propeller fixed pitch propulsion system powered by two marine diesel engines each developing 1840 KWs. Compared to the earlier LCUs operated by the Indian Navy, these ships are much bigger and have much better capabilities. The ship has modern habitability conditions with accommodation for a large contingent of Army Troops in addition to the ship’s crew.
“Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited is proposing, subject to receipt of requisite approvals, market conditions and other considerations, an initial public offering of its equity shares and has filed a Draft Red Herring Prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of India.”