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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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