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.
- 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.