Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Indian Navy acquires USS Trenton for $48.4 Mil

From rediff:
The Indian Navy on Wednesday acquired the 17,000 ton US warship USS Trenton.

From Wiki:
USS Trenton (LPD-14), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the capital of New Jersey.

Her keel was laid down at Seattle, Washington, on 8 August 1966 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company. She was launched on 3 August 1968 sponsored by Mrs. Richard J. Hughes, and commissioned on 6 March 1971 with Captain Karl R. Thiele in command.

In early 2006, there were numerous press reports that the Indian Navy was negotiating with the United States for the purchase of this vessel. These reports later turned out to be true when the Indian government announced it will purchase Trenton for Rs 2.18 billion ($ 48.44 million). The US Government later revealed it had asked their Indian Counterparts to keep this agreement under wraps as they felt it would arm the Non-Proliferation Activists and threaten the passage of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal.