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Mk.2 & Mk.3 Landing Craft Class

Landing craft are used 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 use of landing craft in amphibious assault dates from World War II. The craft are carried aboard amphibious assault ships to the objective area. The mission of the LCU is to land/retrieve personnel and equipment (tanks, artillery, equipment, motor vehicles) during amphibious operations. LCU's are scheduled to land personnel and equipment after the initial assault waves of an amphibious operation.

Displacement Full - 500 tons
Length 57.5 m
Beam 8.2 m
Draft 1.57 m
Speed 11.5 kts
Armament Two Bofors 40mm/60 guns (aft).
Can also deploy mines.

Crew 207 (including troops)

# Name Port Builder Order Comm Decomm
LCU Mk.2
L 31 Decom
L33 Jan 1980
L34 Vasco Da Gama Jan 1980
L35 Dec 1983
LCU Mk.3
L36 Jul 1986
L37 Oct 1986
L38 Midhur Dec 1986
L39 Mangala Mar 1987

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