Launch of Yard 2097
The sixth ship of LCU MK IV project was launched on March 12 at an impressive ceremony at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. Rear Admiral A.K. Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE, commenced the proceedings with a formal welcome, which was followed by an address by the chief guest, Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma.
Vice Admiral Verma asserted that Indian Navy has been supporting the drive for indigenous construction of warships leading to advancements of our shipbuilding industry and acknowledged the role of GRSE as a reliable partner in pursuing the national goal of ‘Make in India’.
LCU L-56 is the sixth vessel of the series of eight LCU ships being designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy. The ship can be deployed for multi-role activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands. The first ship of the class LCU-L51 was launched on March 12, 2014, and is presently undergoing sea trials at GRSE. The vessel is likely to be delivered shortly to the Indian Navy.