The sixth ship of Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV project for the Indian Navy was launched at an impressive ceremony on Saturday at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. 

In accordance with the traditions, invocations from Atharva Veda were recited and Seema Verma, the wife of Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command, applied ‘Kumkum’ (vermillion) on the ship&’s stem. She named the ship as ‘LCU-L56’ and wished the ship good luck and launched the vessel, said an official statement here. 

Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), VSM, Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE Ltd, launched the proceedings with a formal welcome, which was followed by an address by the chief guest, Vice Admiral Bimal Kumar Verma. 

Addressing the gathering, Vice Admiral Verma asserted that the Indian Navy has been supporting the drive for indigenous construction of warships leading to advancements of our shipbuilding industry. He acknowledged the role of GRSE as a reliable partner in pursuing the national goal of ‘Make in India’. He extended warm felicitations to the entire team of the GRSE for their significant contribution towards meeting the Navy&’s growing requirements of state-of-the-art warships. 

LCU L-56 is the sixth vessel of 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 multi-role activities like beaching operations, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations and evacuation from distant islands. The first ship of the class ‘LCU-L51’ was launched on March 12, 2014 and is presently undergoing sea trials at GRSE. The vessel is likely to be delivered shortly to the Indian Navy.