Indian Navy's 8th Landing Craft Utility Ship launched in Kolkata




The Indian Navy's eighth landing craft utility (LCU) ship, designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), was launched here today, marking a significant milestone in the country's indigenous warship design and construction programme.

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurshi Rajiv Pratap Rudy was the chief guest on the occasion. Rear Admiral A K Verma (Retired), Chairman and Managing Director, GRSE and various other dignitaries were also present.

In accordance with traditions, invocation from the Atharva Veda was rendered and the ship was named ‘LCU-L58’. Thereafter, the ship was launched by Mrs. Neelam Pratap Singh Rudy and the vessel made its first contact with water.

LCU-L58 is the last vessel in the series of eight LCU ships designed and built by GRSE for the Indian Navy. The ship, displacing 830 tons, can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations for landing troops ashore, humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations and evacuation of personnel from distant islands, an official press release said

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