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GRSE hands over Landing Craft Utility amphibious ship to Indian Navy

Warship builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) has delivered a Landing Craft Utility (LCU) to Indian Navy. The LCU delivered is 7th out of eight such vessels being built for Indian Navy by GRSE, will add to India’s maritime security prowess.

About Landing Craft Utility (LCU)

LCU is an amphibious ship, that can transport and deploy main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. It can accommodate 216 personnel.

Features: It is 62.8 metres long, 11 metres wide and has a displacement of 830 tonnes, with a low draught of 1.7 metres. The ship has an ability to attain a maximum speed of 15 knots and is equipped with two indigenous CRN 91 guns to provide artillery fire support during landing operations.

LCU can also be deployed for multi-role activities such as disaster relief operations, search and rescue, supply and replenishment, beaching operations and evacuation from distant islands.

Background

The Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV class of ships, the first of which was commissioned into Indian Navy in 2016, are fitted with close to 90% indigenous equipment. The GRSE, one of India’s leading shipyards, located in Kolkata (West Bengal),  has so far manufactured 103 warships since its inception in 1960.

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GRSE becomes first Indian shipyard to deliver 100 warships

State-owned Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) has become the “first Indian shipyard” to build and deliver 100 warships. The 100th warship ‘IN LCU L-56’ has been handed over to the Indian Navy.

GRSE had handed over its 99th warship, ‘ICGS Priyadarshini’, an advanced ‘Fast Patrol Vessel’ to the Indian Coast Guard.

Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd

Based in Kolkata, Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) is a shipbuilding company in India under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. GRSE primarily caters to the shipbuilding requirements of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. In addition to its ship and warship building capabilities, GRSE is also engaged in engine production and other engineering activities.

In 1934, GRSE was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 1913 and was later acquired by the Government of India from Macneill & Barry Limited on May 19, 1960. In 2006, GRSE was conferred the status of Mini Ratna.

Over the years, GRSE has built around 780 platforms, including 100 warships to the Navy, the Coast Guard, and the Mauritius Coast Guard.

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