19th Dec 2018. The fifth of the Class of Eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU) ships, named “L-55” built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was commissioned at Port Blair today by Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, AVSM VSM, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy. The ceremony was attended by Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN(Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE.
Substantial modifications to improve the ergonomics, habitability and layout of critical compartments have been implemented on this ship. The Mark IV LCU Vessels are a further improved version of the Mark III LCU Vessels presently being used by the Indian Navy. The first ship of the Mark IV LCU Vessels IN LCU L-51 was commissioned into Indian Navy during March 2017.