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.
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.