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, 09 Jan 18 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 Anand at 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 90.84 % indigenous content....READ MORE