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.
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.