Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 57 (Yard 2098) Launched at GRSE, Kolkata
The seventh ship of LCU MK IV project was launched on 24 November 2016 at an impressive ceremony at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.
The chief guest, Dr. Subhash Ramarao Bhamre, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri alongwith Vice Admiral DM Deshpande AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A), Chairman & Managing Director GRSE and various other dignitaries were present for the launch ceremony.
Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE Ltd, commenced the proceedings with a formal welcome, which was followed by an address by the Chief Guest. In accordance with traditions, invocations from Atharva Veda were recited and Smt. Bina Bhamre, wife of Hon’ble RRM, applied ‘Kumkum’ on the ship’s stem. She, thereafter, named the ship ‘LCU-L57’, wished the ship good luck and launched the vessel.
LCU-L57 is the seventh vessel in the series of eight Landing Craft Utility Ships being designed and built by M/s GRSE for the Indian Navy. The ship can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, humanitarian and disaster relief operations and evacuation from distant islands.