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Induction of IN LCU L-56 in the Navy

Published Mar 31, 2019
Updated Apr 21, 2020

Yard 2097 (LCU L 56), the sixth of the class of LCU MK IV ships, have been built and delivered by M/s GRSE Ltd today, on 30 March 19 at Kolkata. This is the 100th ship delivered by the DPSU in Kolkata. The construction of the ship was overseen by Warship Overseeing Team, Kolkata.

Amongst the dignitaries who attended the ceremony held in GRSE included the Defence Secretary, Vice Admiral BK Verma AVSM, ADC, the C-inC Andaman & Nicobar Command and Vice Admiral MS Pawar AVSM, VSM, the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. Indian Navy’s amphibious operations capability including transport of troops, tanks and equipment will get enhanced with the addition of this Landing Craft Utility which will be based at Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The ship is commanded by Lt Cdr Gopinath Narayan and has a compliment of five officers and 50 sailors.

Garden Reach Ship Builders and Engineers, (GRSE) is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence [MoD], primarily catering to the shipbuilding requirements of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard. 

GRSE derives a significant majority of its revenue from its shipbuilding division, which has contributed 94.14%, 90.13%, 92.19% and 94.76% to GRSE’s gross revenue in fiscals 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 respectively. In addition to its ship and warship building capabilities, GRSE is also engaged in engine production and other engineering activities.

The engineering division manufactures deck machinery items, pre-fabricated portable steel bridges and marine pumps. Presently, GRSE has 3 separate facilities for shipbuilding, all of which are located in close vicinity of each other in Kolkata, India. The ships are built at the Main Works Unit and the Rajabagan Dockyard. The third facility, the FOJ Unit is primarily used for fitting out and repair of ships.