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Indian Navy commissions IN LCU L54

29th May 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Indian Navy has commissioned its fourth ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class, IN LCU L54, at Port Blair.

The ship has been designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.

The amphibious ship will be used for the transportation and deployment of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. The ship, based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command, can be deployed for multirole activities such as beaching operations, SAR, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation.

The ship has a displacement of 830t and is equipped with an integrated bridge system and integrated platform management system. The ship has a complement of five officers, 41 sailors and is capable of carrying an additional 160 soldiers.

The remaining four ships of the this class are in advanced stages of construction at GRSE, Kolkata, and are scheduled to be inducted over the next year and a half.

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