IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis


22nd May, 2023 Security

Disclaimer: Copyright infringement not intended.


  • INS Gharial brought ten medical pallets as High availability disaster recovery supplies for the people affected by Cyclone Mocha in Myanmar as part of Operation Karuna.

About INS Gharial

  • INS Gharial is a Magar-class amphibious warfare vessel of the Indian Navy.

About Magar Class

  • The Magar-class landing ships are amphibious warfare vessels of the Indian Navy, currently in active service.
  • Only two ships of the class were designed and built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited, with fitting completed at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers.


  • The design of the class is based on the Round Table-class ships formerly operated by the Royal Navy.
  • They can operate two medium-lift helicopters, which are primarily meant for inserting small teams of special forces (e.g. MARCOS).
  • To discharge a ship's cargo and most of the troops, it needs to be beached, so that it can utilize its bow-door, similar to an LST.
  • The ships are stationed at the naval base in Visakhapatnam on India's east coast.


  • Magar L20 (Decommissioned)
  • Gharial L23 (Active)


Q) Which of the following statements with reference to Magar-class landing ships is/are correct?

1. The ships are stationed on India's west coast.

2. Only two ships of the class were designed and built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Answer: b