posted on Jan, 18 2007 @ 02:40 AM
The Indian Navt will soon take delivery of the USS Trenton, an amphibious landing platform dock
The US Navy is all set to hand over Seattle-built USS Trenton, an amphibious transport warship, to the Indian Navy. It will be the first
American-made vessel to join India’s growing blue water fleet.
The USS trenton has been bought post the Tsunami relief operations. The Indian Navy rushed its ships to Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka & the Andaman & Nicobar
islands after the disaster, to help with relief & rescue operations, only to find that all the landing jetties etc had also been washed away. Hence
they felt the need for a ship like this.
What is more significant is the fact that this is the first US made ship EVER bought by the Indian Navy. Could this be the sign of things to come,
especially as the 2 nations come ever closer in terms of strategic alliances?
The Indo-US civilian Nuclear deal is well known and talked about, as well as the fact that the Super Hornet & the F-16 (block 70?) are strong
contenders in the MRCA deal.
Are we seeing the rapidly changing face of Indo-US ties?
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[edit on 18-1-2007 by UK Wizard]