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Indian Navy’s second LCU Mark IV L52 ship launched by GRSE

Indian Navy’s second LCU (landing craft utility) Mark IV L52 ship built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata, was formally launched in Kolkata, West Bengal.

The LCU Mark-IV vessels are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations jointly carried out Indian Navy and Indian Army to ensure maritime security of Andamans and Lakshadweep islands. LCU L52 ship is the second in series of the eight Mark IV LCU vessels built by GRSE for Navy. The first ship of the series was commissioned in 2016.

Key Facts

LCU L52 ship is 62.8 meters long and 11 metres wide. It has 90% indigenous content. It has endurance of around 1,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. It is fitted with 2 x CRN-91 indigenous 30mm Guns.

It is capable of carrying two tanks or four special vehicles and 160 troops for landing at remote beach heads. It can be deployed for multiple activities like operations for landing troops ashore, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations and evacuation of personnel from distant islands.

During sea trials, L52 had registered a speed of 15 knots. It also has successfully completed Weapon & Sensor trials prior delivery to the Navy. It has also been delivered with zero shipbuilders’ liabilities.

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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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