Following US-India War Games: India Purchases USS Trenton
By Global Research
Global Research, November 03, 2006 3 November 2006
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Indian Navy crew to train in United States

London, Nov 03: The Indian Navy has sent some 300 personnel to the US to train up and sail back with the 35-year-old Austin-class platform landing dock, USS Trenton acquired by India, a leading defence weekly reported today.

Crew are now undergoing training at the US Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, before taking over the 17,000-tonne ship once it is decommissioned from the US Navy next January. The crew will then aim to return to India by May 2007, the Jane’s Defence Weekly said, quoting a spokesman of the Indian Navy.

At 174 m long, Trenton will be the Indian Navy’s second largest warship after the Hermes-class aircraft carrier INS Viraat and the first military purchase from the US after the two countries entered into a strategic partnership in 2005.

Trenton Cost India Rs 2.18 billion (USD 48.44 million) under the US government’s foreign military sales programme and includes the provision of four LCM8 landing craft.

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