Indian Navy's seventh landing craft utility launched

25 November 2016

 Indian Navy's seventh landing craft utility, the largest of its kind, was today launched here.

A K Verma, Rear Admiral (Retd), Chairman and Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), said that L-57 was fully designed in-house by them.

"This is the largest ship of this kind built anywhere in the world. The ship is cost effective, fuel efficient and best suited for protection of our island territories of Andaman and Nicobar in the Bay of Bengal as well as Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian Sea," he said.

The ship will be extremely useful for joint operations carried out by the Indian Navy and Indian Army for ensuring maritime security and protection of remote islands.

It also has a capability to transport two tanks or four special vehicles and 160 Army troops for landing in remote areas, he said.

Minister of State for Defence Subhas Ramrao Bhamre, who was present on the occasion, said GRSE was one of the most technologically advanced shipyards in the county.