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Indian Navy’s eight landing craft utility L-58 launched by GRSE

Indian Navy’s eight landing craft utility (LCU) L-58 was launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.

It is the last vessel in a series of eight ships of LCU MK-IV project designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy. It was launched by Neelam Pratap Singh Rudy, wife of Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

Key Facts
  • LCU L-58 is fully designed in-house by GRSE. It has displacement of 830 tonnes.
  • It can attain a maximum speed of 15 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.
  • It can be deployed for multiple activities like operations for landing troops ashore, disaster relief operations and humanitarian aid operations and evacuation of personnel from distant islands.
  • It is capable of carrying two tanks or four special vehicles and 160 troops for landing at remote beach heads.
  • It is armed with two CRN 91 naval guns, two heavy machine guns, four medium machine guns and portable air defence system.

All 8 LCU vessels have almost 90% of their components indigenous. They are deployed for maritime security of Lakshadweep Islands in Arabian Sea and Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Bay of Bengal.

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Indian Navy’s seventh landing craft utility L-57 launched by GRSE

Indian Navy’s seventh landing craft utility (LCU) L-57 was launched by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal.

LCU L-57 is the largest ship of this kind built anywhere in the world. It is the seventh vessel in the series of eight LCU Ships being designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy.

Key Facts

  • LCU L-57 is fully designed in-house by GRSE. It is designed for a maximum speed of 15 knots with an endurance of more than 1,500 nautical miles.
  • It has a capability to transport two tanks or four special vehicles and 160 Army troops for landing in remote area.
  • It can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands.
  • It will be extremely useful for joint operations carried out by the Indian Navy and Indian Army for ensuring maritime security and protection of remote islands.
  • It is best suited for protection of India’s island territories of Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea as well as Andaman and Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal.

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GRSE hands over fast attack craft Tihayu to Indian Navy

The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) has handed over Tihayu, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) to the Indian Navy.

The warship was handed over to the Indian Navy’s Commanding Officer Cdr Ajay Kashov by Rear Admiral (Retd) AK Verma, CMD of GRSE.

About WJFAC TIHAYU

  • It is follow-on WJFAC ship named after Tihayu island in the Andaman. It is improved version of Fast Attack Crafts earlier built by GRSE for Indian Navy.
  • It has been fitted with 3 water jet propulsion systems. They are powered by marine diesel engines generating 2720 KW of power.
  • It measures 48 X 7.5 metres. It has displacement of around 315 Tons, besides has an endurance of around 2000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots speed.
  • It has been fitted with CRN-91 indigenous 30mm Gun which provides Artillery fire support to ship during attack missions.
  • It has an efficient hull developed by the in-house Design Centre of GRS. Besides, the warship has proved by extensive model testing to achieve speeds in excess of 35 knots.

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