Indian Navy’s IN LCU L-58 ship.

The Indian Navy commissioned IN LCU L-58, the 8th and the last ship under Project LCU Mark IV, on Thursday.

Ships built under this project are biggest & fastest Landing Craft Utility vessels worldwide in its category.

The entire design of the 08 Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV ships has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Navy including a speed of 15 knots.

LCU MK-IV 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. The ships are equipped with Bow Ramps to enable loading/unloading of combat equipment and vehicles upon beaching.

The shipyard has achieved over 90% indigenous equipment fit on these ships.

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 LCU is 63 m in length and 11 m wide and has a displacement of 830 T with a low draught of 1.7 m. 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 advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).