The seventh ship of LCU MK IV project was launched on November 24, 2016 at an impressive ceremony at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.
The Chief Guest, Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre alongwith Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A), Chairman and Managing Director GRSE and various other dignitaries were present during 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 Minister of State for Defence Dr Subhash Ramrao Bhamre, 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.