Fourth Mk IV landing craft entered service in the Indian Navy
- June 6, 2018
The Indian Navy has commissioned fourth Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk IV-class ship, IN LCU L54, on 25 May at Port Blair.
The vessel has been designed and built indigenously by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers, Kolkata. The ship can accommodate five officers and 41 sailors, as well as an additional troop of up to 160 personnel.
LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. 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.
LCU MK-IV, displacing 830 tons, is capable of transporting various kinds of combat equipment such as the Main Battle Tank, T72 and other vehicles. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
Each of the LCUs is powered by two German-built MTU 16V 4000 M53 diesel engines, and can attain a top speed of 15 kt, with a standard range of 1,500 n miles at 12 kt.