Kolkata: The third indigenous Landing Craft Utility (LCU) useful for transporting tanks, armoured vehicles and soldiers during amphibious operations, was launched in Kolkata Friday.
Named LCU L53, this is the third vessel in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility Ships being built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE) here for the Indian Navy.
The first LCU was launched in March last year, and the second in September.
"These ships will play significant role in transportation of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles and troops of the Indian army during amphibious operations," a navy statement said.
The ship will be fitted with an advanced integrated platform management system for remote control of propulsion, auxiliary and power generating equipment.
Two CRN-91 indigenous 30 MM guns to provide fire support during operations will also be fitted onboard.
The ship can be deployed for maritime roles like maritime security, beaching, un-beaching, humanitarian relief operations and evacuation from distant islands, search and rescue operations and peace-keeping missions.