Com­mis­sion­ing of INLCU


INLCU L51 was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy on March 28, 2017, by Vice Ad­mi­ral Bi­mal Verma, Com­man­der-in-Chief, An­daman and Ni­co­bar Com­mand, at Port Blair. The com­mis­sion­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by Vice Ad­mi­ral Dilip Desh­pande, Con­troller of War­ship Pro­duc­tion and Ac­qui­si­tion, Rear Ad­mi­ral V.K. Sax­ena (Retd), Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Gar­den Reach Ship­builders & En­gi­neers Lim­ited (GRSE) and other se­nior of­fi­cers from the In­dian Navy.

It is the first of the eight ships of the LCU Mk IV class. It has been built by GRSE, Kolkata. Con­ceived and de­signed in­dige­nously, the com­mis­sion­ing of the ship adds a feather to the glo­ri­ous chap­ter in the na­tion’s ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tives and in­di­geni­sa­tion ef­forts in the field of war­ship de­sign and con­struc­tion. With a dis­place­ment of 900 tonnes the mag­nif­i­cent ship spans 62.8 m in length and 11 m in breadth.

The ship is pro­pelled by 2 MTU diesel en­gines of 1,840 kW rat­ing and can sus­tain speeds up to 15 knots. The ship has been built to as­sist in am­phibi­ous op­er­a­tions by car­ry­ing out beach­ing opera- tions and has an en­durance of 1,500 nm. The ship will also play a key role in car­ry­ing out mar­itime sur­veil­lance of An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands for pre­vent­ing anti-poach­ing, il­le­gal fish­ing, drug traf­fick­ing, hu­man traf­fick­ing and other il­le­gal activities. It will also en­hance the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the An­daman and Ni­co­bar Com­mand in hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief (HADR) op­er­a­tions.

The ar­ma­ment on­board the ship con­sists of two 30mm CRN-91 guns man­u­fac­tured by the Ord­nance Fac­tory in Medak. The gun is con­trolled by an elec­tri­cal day-night fire con­trol sys­tem namely sta­bilised op­tronic pedestal (SOP) man­u­fac­tured by the Bharat Elec­tronic Lim­ited. The ship is also equipped with 12.7mm heavy ma­chine guns and 7.62mm medium ma­chine guns. In ad­di­tion, the ship is fit­ted with state-of-the-art elec­tronic war­fare suite for early de­tec­tion of ad­ver­saries. The ship is also equipped with In­te­grated Plat­form Man­age­ment Sys­tem and In­te­grated Bridge Sys­tem for au­to­mated con­trols and quick func­tion­ing. INLCU L51 is com­manded by Cdr Vish­wesh S. Nad­karni.

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