The Indian Navy has decommissioned two Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels, IN LCU 36 and IN LCU 37 during a ceremony at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, on Feb. 9, 2018.
According to the statement from the Indian Navy, the two LCUs have completed more than 30 years of service with the fleet.
LCU 36 was first LCU MK-III class landing craft utility vessels built at India’s state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) followed by LCU 37, LCU 38 and LCU 39.
Mk III LCU class vessels are follow on class of Mk II LCU operated by the Indian Navy and are meant to augment the Indian Navy’s amphibious capability.
The ships have a displacement of 530 tonnes, a length of 57 metres and a beam of 8.3 metres and can carry a combination of tanks, vehicles and troops. They are manned by a crew of three officers and 54 sailors and is fitted with light, medium and heavy machine guns (HMG) and anti-aircraft (AA) guns.
The landing craft are meant for use by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops to the shore. They are capable of transporting tracked or wheeled vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers.
The ships can be deployed for maritime roles like maritime security, beaching, un-beaching, humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations and evacuation from distant islands, search and rescue (SAR) operations and peace-keeping missions.