It was reported in the press that India is seriously contemplating to build indigenous huge ship landing docks to give it the capability to carry heavy armed troops and armaments over oceans.The Naval Design Bureau has plans to go ahead to build over 20,000 tonne displacement docks in the pattern of INS Jalashva (L41), (ex-USS Trenton) an amphibious transport dock which it acquired from the US Navy in 2007.
INS Jalashwa joined the Eastern Fleet (under the Eastern Naval Command) at Visakhapatnam naval base on 12 September 2007.
At present the Kolkata (Calcutta) based Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers has the record of building smaller amphibious Landing Ship, LST(L)s of max. displacement 5600 tonne.
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