The third of the eight Mark IV LCU vessels "L53", built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata, was formally "Handed Over" to the Indian Navy today, January 9, 2018 at GRSE, Kolkata.
L53 is fitted with two MTU 16V 4000 M 53 marine diesel engines each fitted with one fixed pitch propeller generating 2 X 1840 KW power. She is also fitted with 2 X CRN-91 indigenous 30mm Guns, 2 X HMG and 4 X MMG to provide artillery fire support during attack missions.
The ship was handed over by Rear Admiral V.K. Saxena, IN (Retd.) Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE to the Officer Commanding the Ship Lt Cdr Vikas Anandat a the ceremony held in GRSE today. Brigadier SY Deshmukh, Chief Staff Officer (Technical) of Andaman and Nicobar Command carried out Final Inspection of the ship prior acceptance by the Navy. Senior officials of the Indian Navy and GRSE were present at the occasion. The ship boasts of over 90.84 % indigenous content.
The Mark IV LCU vessels are a further improved version of the Mark III LCU vessels presently being used by the Indian Navy. The first ship of the Mark IV LCU vessels INS LCU 51 was commissioned into Indian Navy during 2016 and the second ship was commissioned in 2017. The ship measuring 62.8 X 11 M with a displacement of around 950 Tons has an endurance of around 1500 nautical miles at 12 knots speed. The ship also boasts of modern habitability conditions with accommodation for 216 personnel. During the Sea Trials, L53 had registered a speed of about 15 knots.
L53 has achieved a unique feat of successfully completing her Weapon trials prior delivery to the Indian Navy, and is being delivered with ‘Zero’ Shipbuilder’s Liabilities.
With the handing over of IN LCU 53, GRSE has once again demonstrated its’ commitment to strengthen the maritime security of the Nation, thereby meeting the aspirations that the country has reposed on this Mini Ratna Shipyard.