The Kolkata based Defence Public Sector Undertakings Garden Reach
Shipbuilders and Engineers has delivered to the Indian Navy the last of the
eight landing craft utility (LCU) ships manufactured by it, providing a big
boost to the country's defence according
to company sources.
The amphibious ships, to be based in the strategic location of Andaman and
Nicobar Islands -- which is close to various routes leading to the South China
Sea -- "are specifically designed to undertake landing operations in most
difficult beaching areas", the sources said
lockdown, GRSE delivered last LCU to the Indian Navy
Despite challenges owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown,
the Kolkata-based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has
successfully delivered the last of eight LCUs manufactured for the Indian
The LCU ships, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, were developed
in-house with 90 per cent of its parts indigenously manufactured.
"These ships are very unique in their design and class in the world. A
very specific kind of requirement was given by the Indian Navy -- speed of 15
knots, a displacement of 900- odd tonnes and a low draught for beaching in the
shallowest of waters,"
Apart from troops, each ship can accommodate main battle tanks, personnel
carriers and other Army vehicles, which can be launched on the beaches.
The ships are designed to accommodate about 200 personnel and have
indigenous CRN 91 guns to provide artillery fire support during landing