Indian Navy commissions Grse-made MK-IV class ship
indian navy has commissioned in lcu l54 Mk-iv class ship, indigenously designed and built by Garden reach shipbuilders and engineers, into its fleet on May 25 at Port Blair.
in lcu l54 is the fourth landing craft Utility (lcu) Mk-iv class ship inducted into the navy. The commissioning of the ship has given a major thrust to the country’s indigenous design and shipbuilding capability programme.
lcu MK-IV is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. The ships based at the Andaman and nicobar command can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
The ship, commanded by lieutenant commander Munish sethi, has a complement of five officers, 41 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition. it is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as the Main Battle Tank, T72 and other vehicles. It is fitted with Integrated Bridge system (ibs) and integrated Platform Management system (ipms).