Navy’s sixth indigenous LCU launched in Kolkata

Kolkata, March 12 (IANS) The sixth in the series of eight indigenous Landing Craft Utility (LCU) designed and being built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) for the Indian Navy, was launched here Saturday.

The ship was launched by Seema Verma, wife of Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, commander-in-chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command.

Having capability of carrying Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), apart from other equipment and troops the LCUs are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations for the Indian navy and the Army.

The navy had entered an agreement with GRSE for the eight LCUs in 2011.

The LCUs 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. It can accommodate 216 personnel including 160 troops.

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