Amphibious ship LCU L-56 joins Navy

By Moderator July 30, 2019 13:43


Indian Navy Ship LCU L-56, the sixth of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV class ships, commissioned into the Indian Navy

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  • The LCU L56 is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation, deployment and recovery of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore and vice-versa.
  • Indigenously designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, the ship’s commissioning portrays the growing capability of the Indian Navy, GRSE and nation in becoming self-reliant through indigenisation, thus, accentuating our national objective of “Make in India”.
  • With a displacement of 900 tonnes, the ship measures 62 metres in length and is fitted with two MTU diesel engines, which provide a sustainable speed of over 15 knots.
  • The ship is equipped with the state-of-art equipment and is armed with two 30 mm CRN-91 guns manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak.
  • The ship is manned by a team comprising four officers and 56 sailors and is also capable of carrying 150 troops.
  • The ship would be administered and based in Port Blair under the NAVCC in ANC.
    • The ship will be deployed for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue missions, disaster relief operations, coastal patrol, and surveillance operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands

Amphibious warfare ship

  • An amphibious warfare ship (or amphib) is an amphibious vehicle warship employed to land and support ground forces, such as marines, on enemy territory during an amphibious assault.
  • The largest fleet of these types is operated by the United States Navy.


By Moderator July 30, 2019 13:43