Indian Navy inducts second ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV
The ship is commanded by Commander Kaushik Chatterjee and has a complement of 05 officers, 46 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition.
Jagdish Mukhi, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 21 August 2017 inducted IN LCU L52 ship (GRSE Yard 2093) into the Indian Navy at Port Blair.
IN LCU L52 is the second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class ship to be inducted into the Indian Navy.
Highlights of the Landing Craft Utility MK-IV
• The ship is commanded by Commander Kaushik Chatterjee and has a complement of 05 officers, 46 sailors and is capable of carrying 160 troops in addition.
• It will be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.
• LCU MK-IV ship can transport and deploy Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore.
• The ship is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as Main Battle Tanks Arjun, T72 and other vehicles.
• It is fitted with modern equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
• The ship has been indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata.
The remaining six ships of the same class are in advanced stages of construction and are scheduled to be inducted by 2019.