“OLD SHIPS NEVER DIE, THEY JUST FADE AWAY TO BE REBORN AGAIN”
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2 Indian Naval Landing crafts decommissioned
PORT BLAIR, FEB 9: Indian Naval Landing Craft Utility, INLCU 36 and INLCU 37 were decommissioned on 09 Feb 18 at Port Blair after completing more than 30 years of glorious service to the nation at an impressive ceremony.
INLCU 36 was the first of the LCU MK – III class landing craft utility vessels built at Goa Shipyard, followed by LCU 37, LCU 38 and LCU 39. The shipwith her motto, “Any Sea, Anywhere, Any Mission” was commissioned on 18 Jul 1986, and was commanded by Lt Cdr AK Samaddar with a crew of 3 Officers and 50 Sailors.
INLCU 37 was initially based at Kochi and shifted base port to be placed under the administrative and operational control of Andaman & Nicobar Command with effect from 01 Oct 87. While shifting to Andaman & Nicobar Command, the ship was deployed for “Operation Pawan”. During the operation, the ship participated in all major events including transfer of troops from ship to shore, patrolling the coast line and amphibious operations. In a specific incident, the ship anchored off Kankensuntrai, Sri Lanka on 14 Nov 1987 and carried out transfer of troops under the cover of darkness, displaying its role worthiness and capability.
The decommissioning ceremony of the two LCUs was held at the Naval Wharf in Port Blair and was attended by various dignitaries which include the present Commanding Officers and the erstwhile Commanding Officers of the ships.