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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