INLCU L51 commissioned into Indian Navy

The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair.

Created On: Mar 29, 2017 12:18 IST

The INLCU L51 was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 28 March 2017.

The ship was commissioned by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair.

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Key highlights of the INLCU L51

The LCU 51 is first of the eight ships of the LCU MK IV Class.

The vessel is built by M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.

The ship was conceived and designed indigenously.

With a displacement of 900 tons, the vessel spans 62.8 m in length and 11 m in breadth.

It is propelled by 02 MTU diesel engines of 1840 Kw rating and can sustain speeds up to 15 knots.

• It has been built to assist in amphibious operations by carrying out beaching operations and has an endurance of 1500 nm.

It will play a pivotal role in carrying out maritime surveillance of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for preventing anti-poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking, poaching and other illegal activities.

The ship will also enhance the capabilities of the Andaman and Nicobar Command in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.

The armament onboard the ship consists of two 30 mm CRN -91 guns manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak.

It is also equipped with 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Guns and 7.62 mm Medium Machine Guns.

It is fitted with state-of-the art electronic warfare suite for early detection of adversaries.  

It is equipped with Integrated Platform Management System and Integrated Bridge System for automated controls and quick functioning.

The vessel is commanded by Cdr Vishwesh S Nadkarni.


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