India Launches Fourth LCU

The fourth ship in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk IV project, Yard 2095, for the Indian Navy was launched at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata, on 23 March.

Two LCUs were earlier launched on March 12 and September 23, last year. The third LCU was launched on January 16, this year.

These ships will play a significant role in transportation of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles and troops of the Indian Army during amphibious operations.

The ship can be deployed for maritime roles like maritime security, beaching and un-beaching operations, humanitarian relief operations and evacuation from distant islands, search and rescue operations besides peacekeeping missions.

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