Indian Navy inducted sixth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class dubbed as IN LCU L56. It will enhance Indian Navy's amphibious operations capability including transport of troops, tanks and equipment.
Indian Navy has ordered total eight LCU Mark-IV vessels built under LCU Mk-IV project. The remaining two LCU ships of project are in advanced stage of construction and are scheduled to be inducted into Indian Navy by end of 2019.
LCU L56 Mk-IV
- It is an amphibious ship with displacement of 830 Tons and can sail through sea at speed of 15kt.
- It has been designed and built indigenously by Kolkata based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) under LCU Mk-IV project.
- It can carry 160 troops and transporting 145 tons of military equipment. It will be based at Andaman and Nicobar Command of Indian Navy.
- It is fitted with various advanced systems such as the Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
- It is also fitted with indigenous CRN 91 Gun with Stabilised Optronic Pedestal. It will provide ship offensive capability for undertaking patrolling.
- Its primary role is of transportation and deployment of Main Battle Tanks (MTBs), armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore.
- It will be also used for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
- Induction of LCU ships will contribute to India’s maritime security needs and help to accomplish its quest for self-reliance in shipbuilding under Make in India initiative.