The Indian Navy has commissioned its second landing craft utility (LCU) Mk-IV-class ship known as IN LCU L52 at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
LCU MK-IV are amphibious ships that are primarily used for transporting and deploying main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from the vessel to the shore.
The vessels are set to be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and used for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment, and evacuation from far-away islands.
IN LCU L52 will be led by commander Kaushik Chatterjee and can accommodate 46 sailors and five navy officers, as well as an additional troop of up to 160 personnel.
The new ship features a displacement of 830t and can transport a wide range of combat equipment, including the main battle tank Arjun, T72, and other vehicles.
In addition, the vessel is integrated with the latest and advanced equipment and upgraded systems such as an integrated bridge system (IBS) and integrated platform management system (IPMS).
IN LCU L52 has been designed and constructed indigenously by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
The remaining six vessels of the LCU Mk-IV class are currently in the advanced stages of development at the GRSE facility.
The new LCU Mk-IV vessels will help address the country's maritime security needs and are slated to be inducted to the Indian Navy over the next two years.
INLCU L51, the first LCU Mk-IV-class vessel, was previously commissioned into the Indian Navy in March.