Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) handed over the first newly designed Landing Craft Utility (LCU) ship, “L-51”, to the Indian Navy.
Rear Admiral AK Verma, Chairman and Managing Director of GRSE to the Commanding Officer of the ship Cdr VS Nadkarni of the Indian Navy.
Indian Navy and Indian Army could use the LCU Mark IV ship for multipurpose amphibious joint operations. Thus the ship has been specially designed to ensure maritime security of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep Islands in Arabian Sea.
The ship is designed in-house by GRSE to transport and deploy army tanks, vehicles and troops.
Eight more ships of the LCU project will be built by GRSE. The new LCU ships are bigger compared to that of the previous ones of the Indian Navy. Moreover, the new ships move forward with faster speed.
It may be mentioned that in April GRSE had handed over the improved version of Fast Attack Crafts warship - Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), Tarmugli - to the Indian Navy.
Around ten such similar warships were handed over to the Indian Navy by GRSE earlier.
GRSE that received The Trophy for the Best Performing Defence Shipyard for the year 2012-13 and 2013-14 had also handed over anti-submarine warfare warships to the Indian Navy.