In­dian Navy com­mis­sions Grse-made MK-IV class ship

Governance Now - - PSU WATCH -

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).

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