Indian shipbuilder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has launched the Indian Navy's fourth of eight vessels being built for the landing craft utility (LCU) Mk IV project.
The new ship, designated as Yard 2095, will be used to transport main battle tanks, armoured vehicles and troops of the Indian Army during amphibious operations.
The navy can deploy the ship for various roles including maritime security, beaching and un-beaching operations, humanitarian relief operations, evacuation from distant islands, and search and rescue operations apart from peacekeeping missions.
GRSE signed an agreement with the Indian Navy for designing and building eight LCU ships in September 2011.
The company launched the first two LCUs in March and September last year, and the third vessel was launched on 16 January.
The ship is equipped with an advanced Integrated Platform Management System for remote control propulsion, auxiliary and power generating equipment.
It also features two CRN-91 indigenous 30mm guns for fire support during operations and is capable of accommodating 216 personnel, including 160 army troops.
The ship has a maximum speed of 15k and an endurance of more than 1,500nm. It uses twin-propeller fixed-pitch propulsion system powered by two marine diesel engines each producing 1,840kW.
In an effort to support maritime surveillance and coastal security, the Indian Navy has also commissioned the indigenously built, latest-generation INS Sumitra naval offshore patrol vessel, built by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL).
Image: GRSE launched the 4th LCU of Mk IV Project in Kolkata, India. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.