The Indian Navy (IN) has commissioned its fifth Mk IV landing craft utility (LCU) platform built by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE).
Named IN LCU L55 , the 62.8 m vessel entered service in a ceremony held on 19 December at Port Blair, the capital of India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands and headquarters of the IN-headed tri-service command.
The platform, which is part of an INR21 billion (USD310 million) contract for eight LCUs signed between GRSE and the Indian government in September 2011, was launched at GRSE's facility in Kolkata in December 2015, and now joins four other vessels of the class - L51, L52, L53, L54 - which entered service in March 2017, August 2017, April 2018, and May 2018 respectively.
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