CINCAN commissions Landing Craft Utility L51

Port Blair
28 Mar 2017

The Commander in Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, commissioned INLCU L51 into the Indian Navy on Tuesday here. The commissioning ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Dilip Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition, Rear Admiral VK Saxena (Retd), CMD, Garden Research Ship Builders and Engineers (GRSE) and other senior officers from Indian Navy.
LCU L51 is the first of the eight ships of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV Class. It has been built by M/s Garden Reach Ship Builders & Engineers Ltd, Kolkata. Conceived and designed indigenously, the commissioning of the ship adds a feather to the glorious chapter in the nation’s ‘Make in India’ initiatives and indigenisation efforts in the field of warship design and construction. With a displacement of 900 tons the ship spans 62.8 m in length and 11 m in breadth.
The ship is propelled by two MTU diesel engines to do sustained speeds within AOR. The ship has been built to assist in amphibious operations by carrying out beaching operations and a reach throughout the Area of Responsibility. The ship will also play a key role in carrying out maritime surveillance of Andaman & Nicobar Islands for preventing poaching, illegal fishing, drug trafficking, human trafficking and other illegal activities. It will also enhance the capabilities of the Andaman and Nicobar Command in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
The armament onboard the ship includes two 30 mm CRN -91 guns manufactured indigenously by Ordnance Factory,  Medak. The gun is controlled by an electrical day-night fire control system namely Stabilised Optronic Pedestal (SOP) manufactured by Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL). The ship is also equipped with 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Guns and 7.62 mm Medium Machine Guns. In addition, the ship is fitted with state-of-the art Electronic Warfare suite for early detection of target vessels and aircraft. The ship is also equipped with Integrated Platform Management System and Integrated Bridge System for automated controls and quick functioning.