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Indian Navy commissions second Mk-IV LCU

23rd August 2017 - 06:08 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Indian Navy has commissioned its second indigenously designed Mk-IV class Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessel at Port Blair, India, it was announced on 21 August.

IN LCU L52 is the second of eight vessels ordered from Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).

LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious vessel designed to transport main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. Based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the fleet will be deployed for multirole activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation operations.

Displacing 830 tonnes, the ship is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment including Arjun and T-72 main battle tanks. The ship is equipped with an advanced integrated bridge system and integrated platform management system.

The remaining six ships of the same class are under construction at GRSE, Kolkata, and are scheduled to be inducted in the next two years.

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