Kolkata: Defence PSU Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., (GRSE), a leading warship building company and Miniratna Category 1 company has become the first Indian shipyard to deliver 103 warships. The shipyard delivered IN LCU L-57 (Yard 2098), seventh in the series of eight such vessels to the Indian Navy. This ship is the 103rd Warship built and delivered by GRSE so far since its inception in 1960.
Defence PSU GRSE in Formula-1 mode: With the Handing Over of IN LCU L-57, GRSE has once again demonstrated its' Commitment to Strengthen the Maritime Security of the Nation. The shipyard has delivered 5 warships to Indian Navy in Last 10 months (Mar 2019- Dec 2019)
The Protocol of delivery and acceptance was signed between Rear Admiral VK Saxena, IN (Retd.), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and Commanding Officer of the vessel, Lt. Commander V Harshvardhan, in the presence of Commodore DK Murali, CSO (Tech), HQANC, Chairman D-448, Shri S S Dogra, Director (Finance), Cmde. Sanjeev Nayyar, IN (Retd), Director (Shipbuilding) and Cmde.P R Hari, Director (Personnel) and other Senior Officials of GRSE and Indian Navy.
LCU Mk-IV ship is an Amphibious Ship with its Primary Role being Transportation and Deployment of Main Battle Tanks, Armored Vehicles, Troops and Equipment from Ship to Shore. These ships based at the Andaman and Nicobar Command can be deployed for Multirole Activities like Beaching Operations, Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief Operations, Supply, and Replenishment and Evacuation from distant islands.
The entire design of the LCU Mark IV ships has been developed in-house by Defence PSU GRSE as per requirements specified by the Indian Navy. The LCU is 62.8 m in length and 11 m wide and has a displacement of 830 T with a low draught of 1.7 m. It can achieve a speed of 15 knots. The LCU is designed to accommodate 216 personnel and is equipped with Two Indigenous CRN 91 Guns to provide Artillery Fire support during landing operations. The ship is fitted with State-of-the-Art Equipment and Advanced Systems like the Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS). In line with the Govt. of India's Make In India Initiative towards Self Reliance & Indigenisation efforts, the LCU Mark IV Class of Ships are fitted with close to 90% indigenous equipment fit.
The First Ship of the Mark IV LCU Vessels IN LCU L-51 was commissioned into Indian Navy during 2016. With the Handing Over of IN LCU L-57, GRSE has once again demonstrated its' Commitment to Strengthen the Maritime Security of the Nation. The Defence PSU GRSE has delivered 5 warships to Indian Navy in Last 10 months (Mar 2019- Dec 2019)