IN LCU L-58, the 8th and the last ship under Project LCU Mark IV, delivered by GRSE on 31 December 2020 was commissioned on 18 March at Port Blair in the presence of Lieutenant General Manoj Pande – Commander-in-Chief Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN). The ceremony was attended by Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE Rear Admiral V K Saxena (Retd), and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE.
The entire design of the 8 Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV ships has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Navy including a speed of 15 knots. LCU MK-IV is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of Main Battle Tanks, Armored Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. The ships are equipped with Bow Ramps to enable loading/unloading of combat equipment and vehicles upon beaching. These are biggest & fastest Landing Craft Utility vessels worldwide in its category.
There is over 90 percent indigenous equipment fit on these ships. These 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 LCU is 63 m in length and 11 m wide and has a displacement of 830 T with a low draught of 1.7 m. The LCU is designed to accommodate 216 personnel and is equipped with two Indigenous CRN 91 Guns to provide artillery fire support during landing operations. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
GRSE is currently handling construction of 16 ships as part of four ongoing projects. Three of these projects are for the Indian Navy and one is for the Republic of Guyana. The three projects of the Indian Navy include construction of 3 Advanced Stealth Frigates under the project 17 A, the Survey Vessels (Large) & ASW-Shallow Water Crafts.