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Indian Navy Launches LSAM 18: Boosting Maritime Logistics

Designed and built indigenously under the relevant Naval Rules and Regulations of the Indian Register of Shipping, these barges represent a proud achievement of the 'Make in India' initiative of the Government of India.

The Indian Navy achieved another significant milestone with the launch of the ‘Ammunition Cum Torpedo Cum Missile Barge, LSAM 18’, marking the fourth barge of the 11 x ACTCM Barge Project.

The launch ceremony, held on 28th February 2024, was presided over by Commodore Shirish Dube, Directorate of Ship Production, showcasing the Navy’s commitment to bolstering its maritime capabilities.

Constructed by the MSME Shipyard, M/s Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd, Thane, the ACTCM Barge project is a testament to India’s indigenous shipbuilding capabilities.

The contract for building 11 X ACTCM Barge was inked between the Ministry of Defence and M/s Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd on 5th March 2021, marking a significant step towards enhancing the Indian Navy’s operational readiness.

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The LSAM 18 barge, along with its counterparts, will play a crucial role in supporting the operational commitments of the Indian Navy. These barges will facilitate the transportation, embarkation, and disembarkation of articles and ammunition to IN ships, both alongside jetties and at outer harbors, thereby bolstering the Navy’s logistical capabilities.

Designed and built indigenously under the relevant Naval Rules and Regulations of the Indian Register of Shipping, these barges represent a proud achievement of the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India.

The meticulous design and construction process involved rigorous model testing at the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, Visakhapatnam, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of quality and safety.

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The launch of LSAM 18 and the progress of the ACTCM Barge Project underscore India’s commitment to self-reliance in defense production and the enhancement of its maritime infrastructure.

By leveraging indigenous capabilities and expertise, the Indian Navy continues to strengthen its fleet, ensuring readiness to safeguard the nation’s maritime interests in the years to come.

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Pratham Gurung
Pratham Gurung
An avid movie buff who aspires to make it into the armed forces. Always had a knack for words so reading and writing are my favourite hobbies. Can debate on anything but not everything.
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