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Indian Navy crew to train in US
November 03, 2006 09:58 IST
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 in January 2007. 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 metre 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 ($ 48.44 million) under the US government's foreign military sales programme and includes the provision of four LCM8 landing craft.