Land­ing craft util­ity ship for In­dian Navy launched at GRSE


The third ship of the land­ing craft util­ity (LCU) Mk IV project, Yard 2094, for the In­dian Navy was launched at the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders and En­gi­neers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, re­cently in the pres­ence of Vice Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, and Mrs. Reena Lanba.

Launch­ing of Yard 2094, de­signed in-house and built by GRSE for the In­dian Navy, is yet an­other mile­stone in In­dia’s quest for sel­f­re­liance in so­phis­ti­cated ship­build­ing. Mrs. Lanba named the ship as `LCU L53’ and wished the ship good luck be­fore launch.

LCU L53 is the third ves­sel in the se­ries of eight LCU ships be­ing built by GRSE for the In­dian Navy. The first LCU was launched on March 12, and the sec­ond on Septem­ber 23 last year. Th­ese ships will play sig­nif­i­cant role in trans­porta­tion of main battle tanks, ar­moured ve­hi­cles and troops of the In­dian Army dur­ing am­phibi­ous op­er­a­tions.

The ship will be fit­ted with an ad­vanced in­te­grated plat­form man­age­ment sys­tem for re­mote con­trol of propul­sion, aux­il­iary and power gen­er­at­ing equip­ment. Two CRN-91 in­dige­nous 30mm guns to pro­vide fire sup­port dur­ing op­er­a­tions will also be fit­ted on­board. The ship can be de­ployed for mar­itime roles like mar­itime se­cu­rity, beach­ing/un-beach­ing, hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief op­er­a­tions and evac­u­a­tion from dis­tant is­lands, search and res­cue op­er­a­tions and peace­keep­ing mis­sions.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Vice Ad­mi­ral Lanba com­mended the con­tri­bu­tions made by GRSE to­wards meet­ing the Navy’s grow­ing re­quire­ments of state-of-the-art war­ships. He also lauded GRSE and its team of de­sign­ers, en­gi­neers, tech­ni­cians, qual­ity con­trollers and the mem­bers of War­ship Over­see­ing Team for their un­tir­ing ef­forts in suc­cess­fully achiev­ing this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone of launch­ing of Yard 2094.

He ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts put in by GRSE and other pri­vate sec­tor in­dus­tries for their valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to­wards achiev­ing In­dian Navy’s dream of trans­for­ma­tion from a `Buy­ers Navy’ to a `Builders Navy’.

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