The fourth of the eight “Mark IV LCU vessels – L54”, built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata, was formally “Handed Over” to the Indian Navy today, 06 April 2018 at GRSE, Kolkata.
L54 is fitted with two MTU 16V 4000 M 53 marine Diesel Engines each fitted with one Fixed Pitch Propeller generating 2 X 1840 KW power. She is also fitted with 2 X CRN-91 indigenous 30mm Guns, 2 X HMG and 4 X MMG to provide artillery fire support during attack missions.
The ship was handed over by Rear Admiral V. K. Saxena, IN (Retd) Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE to the Commanding Officer of the ship Lt. Cdr. Munish Shetty at the ceremony held in GRSE today. Brigadier SY Deshmukh, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Andaman and Nicobar Command carried out Final Inspection of the ship prior to acceptance by the Navy. Mr Sarvjit Singh Dogra, Director (Finance), Mr Asit Kumar Nanda, Director (Personnel) and Cmde. Sanjeev Nayyar IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding) and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE were present at the occasion.
As done in the previous two LCU ships L52 & L53, this ship L54 has also been delivered to the Indian Navy with Zero Shipbuilder’s liabilities and with successful completion of her Weapon & Sensor trials prior to delivery. Normally this activity is undertaken after the ship is delivered to the Indian Navy.