Navy to take charge of USS Trenton
A crew of more than 300 Indian Navy personnel has been training in Norfolk since August last to take charge of Trenton, reports HT Correspondent.india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 20:40 IST
The US Navy will hand over USS Trenton, an amphibious transport warship, to the Indian Navy at Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday.
The Rs 215-crore warship, which will be India's second-largest vessel after aircraft carrier INS Viraat, comes with a fleet of six Seaking utility helicopters, which cost Rs 175 crore.
A crew of more than 300 Indian Navy personnel has been training in Norfolk since August last to take charge of Trenton.
Formally called a landing platform dock of LPD, it will be the first American-made vessel to join the Indian Navy. It will set sail for India around mid-2007 and will be berthed at the navy's new base at Karwar in Karnataka.
Being bought under a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme, the 173-metre vessel can carry around 900 troops and 110 military vehicles.
In Indian Navy service, the Trenton will be renamed INS Jalashva, which is Sanskrit for seahorse. The navy had recently commissioned INS Shardul, a landing ship tank (LST), at the Karwar base to enhance its amphibious capability. It is set to add two more Shardul class ships to its fleet by the end of this year.